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ppalachian Trail hikers, marathon runners, and athletes in solo sports find the biggest enemy or obstacle
is the self—one’s own person. These people are constantly negotiating with and reevaluating themselves,
their goals, performance risk, attitudes, and lessons
learned. In aviation, we call controlling and harnessing the
power of one’s self single-pilot resource management (SRM).
You may think that you demonstrate single pilot
resource management (SRM) skills each
time you are pilot in command
and no one is riding in the
right seat. Perhaps you
do, but SRM has a
specific
meaning:
the art and science of managing
all
the
resources—those
in the aircraft
as well as outside
sources—available
to a single pilot to
ensure that the successful outcome of the flight is never in doubt.
Over the past few years, the FAA has begun
to include SRM in the practical test standards
(PTS), FAA Industry Training Standards
(FITS), and advisory circulars (AC). The PTS
states, “SRM is a set of skill competencies that
must be evident in all tasks in this practical
test standard as applied to single-pilot operation.” If you want to pass your next checkride,
you must competently apply these skills.
SRM has grown out of the success of crew
resource management (CRM) used by airlines
to increase crew effectiveness and ultimately
the use of all available resources for a safe
flight completion.
How do we go from CRM to SRM? How
does a general aviation pilot increase his
effectiveness as the sole pilot on board? Two
or more crewmembers working in close
coordination to solve a problem seems like
an obvious tactic, but using some of those
same core skills while flying solo seems a bit
more obscure.
Pilots who effectively use SRM are skilled
at self-awareness, situational awareness
(SA), attitude management, aeronautical
decision making (ADM), conflict avoidance,
and self-critiques. Consider that SRM skills
are about dealing with one’s own mind.
Self-awareness is the ability to know
what kind of pilot you are, including your
limitations. What is your culture or style
when flying? Many successful organizations use mission statements to indicate
how they function. Airline pilots use the
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company operations manual, aircraft flight
manual, and a code of ethics as their mission statement.
You can create a personal pilot statement that addresses how you’ll deal
with external pressures, risk, and your
attitude toward flying. If you do not
predefine how you’ll address these
facets of flying,
you easily could
be pressured
or influenced
to “go with the
flow” and end
up in a place you don’t want to be.
Your personal pilot statement should
be short, and as you gain experience
you should update it.
A sample pilot statement could be:
Although I fly for personal reasons I strive
to fly as professionally as I can. I operate within the FARs, local and state laws,
the aircraft POH, and my own personal
minimums. I won’t allow outside pressures
to negatively influence my commitment to
safe flying. I also fly for the enjoyment of it.
When a flight no longer becomes enjoyable
I will cease operations.
Flying professionally is an attitude not
related to compensation. GA pilots who
fly recreationally can and should be professionals. It is the attitude you choose to
bring to the aircraft. Seek out professionals and others you respect to model their
attitudes and behaviors.
You can protect your situational
awareness—knowing what has happened
and what could happen—by recognizing red flags. Red flags are, for example,
ambiguity or get-home-itis. When a
pilot encounters a red flag, it should
be addressed immediately. Failure to
address a red flag can result in more red
flags, which can ultimately lead to an
incident or accident. Red flags include
but are not limited to:
• Ambiguity
• Not flying the aircraft
• Lost communications with ATC
• Confusion
• Violating rules/regulations
• Failure to meet or set targets
• Not recognizing deficiencies
• Complacency/overconfidence


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Flight Training - October 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - October 2013

Flight Training - October 2013
Contents
Member Benefits
Right Seat
Centerline
Letters
Night Flight
Success Story Flight Training Excellence Award Winner
How It Works
After the Checkride
AOPA Action
News From Airventure 2013
ASI News
Tech Tip
Final Exam
Flight Lesson
Flying Carpet
The Oops List
One Pilot, Many Tools
Stop, Look, Listen
Technique
Weather
Accident Report
Fuel Management
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Familiarity Breeds Good Training
Perceptual Magic
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - October 2013 - Flight Training - October 2013
Flight Training - October 2013 - Cover2
Flight Training - October 2013 - Contents
Flight Training - October 2013 - 2
Flight Training - October 2013 - 3
Flight Training - October 2013 - Member Benefits
Flight Training - October 2013 - 5
Flight Training - October 2013 - Right Seat
Flight Training - October 2013 - 7
Flight Training - October 2013 - Centerline
Flight Training - October 2013 - 9
Flight Training - October 2013 - Letters
Flight Training - October 2013 - 11
Flight Training - October 2013 - Night Flight
Flight Training - October 2013 - 13
Flight Training - October 2013 - Success Story Flight Training Excellence Award Winner
Flight Training - October 2013 - How It Works
Flight Training - October 2013 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - October 2013 - AOPA Action
Flight Training - October 2013 - News From Airventure 2013
Flight Training - October 2013 - 19
Flight Training - October 2013 - ASI News
Flight Training - October 2013 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - October 2013 - Final Exam
Flight Training - October 2013 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - October 2013 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - October 2013 - 25
Flight Training - October 2013 - The Oops List
Flight Training - October 2013 - 27
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Flight Training - October 2013 - One Pilot, Many Tools
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Flight Training - October 2013 - 34
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Flight Training - October 2013 - Stop, Look, Listen
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Flight Training - October 2013 - 38
Flight Training - October 2013 - 39
Flight Training - October 2013 - Technique
Flight Training - October 2013 - 41
Flight Training - October 2013 - Weather
Flight Training - October 2013 - 43
Flight Training - October 2013 - Accident Report
Flight Training - October 2013 - Fuel Management
Flight Training - October 2013 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - October 2013 - 47
Flight Training - October 2013 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - October 2013 - Familiarity Breeds Good Training
Flight Training - October 2013 - 50
Flight Training - October 2013 - Perceptual Magic
Flight Training - October 2013 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - October 2013 - 55
Flight Training - October 2013 - Debrief
Flight Training - October 2013 - Cover3
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