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ADVANCED PILOT
TAKING YOUR TICKET TO NEW FLIGHT LEVELS

CAREER PILOT

WHAT HAPPENED TO
BASIC FLYING SKILLS?
Recent airline accidents suggest the basics aren't being taught

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ยป By Pete Bedell

SEVERAL ACCIDENTS IN recent years have caused
many to wonder if the basics of flying learned in primary training are still being taught. Stalls, poor speed
control, and absent pitch/power skills are showing up
in accidents flown by airline pilots with thousands of
hours. What's the root cause? Is it the training?
To me, the most egregious example of forgotten or
perhaps unlearned airmanship is the July 2013 Asiana
Boeing 777 crash at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), where three pilots-one a company check
airman-flew a dangerously slow approach in daylight
conditions with clear skies and calm winds. The crew
assumed the autothrottles were managing the speed
on the approach, but the fact that the airplane got 34
knots slow is pretty damning proof that nobody was
minding the store.

In a post-accident interview, one of the pilots
confessed that he was "very concerned" to find out
the glideslope for Runway 28L at SFO was out of
service. What has become of flight training if pilots
possessing thousands of hours are concerned about
flying a visual approach backed up with only a
localizer?
The answer partially lies in the systemic deconstruction of general aviation around the world. It's
not just Korean pilots; they happened to be put
under the microscope because of the accident. Here
in the United States, we can go to a local airport and
plop down some money and learn to fly in a real airplane. In the majority of countries around the world,
general aviation has been mostly regulated out of the
sky or is cost prohibitive. If someone wants to fly for

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