CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 31

CFI TOOLS

Runway Safety-
BY MACHTELD SMITH

Heads Up

ON FEBRUARY 15, 2012, A CESSNA 172 PILOTED
BY A CFI AND STUDENT PILOT INADVERTENTLY
TOOK OFF FROM A CLOSED RUNWAY DURING
A NIGHT VFR DEPARTURE FROM SACRAMENTO,
CALIFORNIA. Thankfully no one was hurt.

But it raises the question of why this incident
happened. It was night and difficult to discern
the taxiway and runway signs. The student was
uncomfortable with ATC communications, and
you can hear the CFI providing communication
guidance to the student (as any student who's
at a loss of the right words might appreciate,
especially in a tower controlled environment).
But in this situation, the CFI-while providing
communication support to the student-did
not pay proper attention to where the student
taxied the airplane, and in so doing lost his own
situational awareness.
As you watch the video in this article, think
about how the situation relates to cockpit
distraction, losing situational awareness, and

basically the need to look out the window while
taxiing.
Collisions on tarmacs, taxiways, and runways
can happen when pilots lose situational
awareness, make communication mistakes,
or operate under incorrect assumptions-
whether on the ground or approaching to land.
Inexperience, being unfamiliar with an airport
layout, taxiing in marginal visibility, and plain
inattentiveness can all cause harm-even
fatalities.
Please share this video with your clients to help
them understand why situational awareness is so
important. It's a reminder for all of us to observe
a sterile cockpit environment during critical
phases of flight, completing checklists before
moving on the airport surface areas, paying
careful attention to radio communication, and
looking outside the cockpit window-on the
runways and in the air.

Watch Runway Safety: Untimely Distractions, an
animated reconstruction of a CFI and his student
who took off from the wrong runway. This video
is featured in our Runway Safety course. Anyone
can take the course for free at airsafetyinstitute.
org/courses/runwaysafety.


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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3

CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3
CFI Notes and Letters
From the Editor : When Will I Fly Again? Taking a Focused Flight Review
Checkride Day—5 Things CFIs Should Make Sure Students Have with Them
Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills— Be Well-Informed
ASI Message: Check Your Fuel Caps One Last Time
CFI News
CFI Tips: A Dream Come True, Safely
Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
Accident Case Study: Lake Renegade
Chart Challenge: Are TFRs Charted?
CFI's Point of View: Professionalism—From Day One
Reality Check: Costliest Insurance Claims?
You Can Fly: Introducing the Champions
Safety Quiz: Aircraft Performance
CFI Tools: Runway Safety
Chief's Corner: The Lazy Hazy Days of Summer
ASI Safety Tip: The Rudder—It Gets No Respect!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - CFI Notes and Letters
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 3
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - From the Editor : When Will I Fly Again? Taking a Focused Flight Review
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - Checkride Day—5 Things CFIs Should Make Sure Students Have with Them
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 9
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills— Be Well-Informed
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - ASI Message: Check Your Fuel Caps One Last Time
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 12
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - CFI Tips: A Dream Come True, Safely
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 19
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 21
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - Accident Case Study: Lake Renegade
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 23
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - Chart Challenge: Are TFRs Charted?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - CFI's Point of View: Professionalism—From Day One
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 26
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - Reality Check: Costliest Insurance Claims?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 28
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - You Can Fly: Introducing the Champions
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - Safety Quiz: Aircraft Performance
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - CFI Tools: Runway Safety
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 32
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - Chief's Corner: The Lazy Hazy Days of Summer
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 35
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - 36
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 3 - ASI Safety Tip: The Rudder—It Gets No Respect!
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