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PREFLIGHT ASI NEWS

BY ALICIA HERRON

JUST A SHORT FLIGHT
LEARNING FROM A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT GONE WRONG
ON THE AFTERNOON OF MAY 15, 2017, A LEARJET 35A ON A

positioning flight from Philadelphia to Teterboro, New
Jersey, crashed while circling to land at Teterboro in
visual conditions. As part of its investigation, the National
Transportation Safety Board released disturbing audio
transcripts from the cockpit voice recorder in the Learjet.
The transcripts revealed dysfunctional cockpit operations
between a task-saturated captain and an inexperienced
first officer flying a demanding airplane in one of the most
intense airspace regions in the world.
There was no single factor that led to this accident,
although one key contributor was pilot complacency.
Complacency takes many forms. How often do you "get
away" with skipping parts of a checklist? Or don't check
the weather for a quick local flight? Or skim the briefing
for an approach on a VFR day? Does flying solo versus
with an instructor change your approach to personal
minimums, or the overall risk you're willing to take in a
flight? A single oversight isn't guaranteed to be deadly, but
multiple oversights can add up, with catastrophic results.

Complacency is insidious, and we may become
complacent gradually, over time, with little realization
that a deviance from standard operating procedures
has become the new normal. One way to find out which
phases of flight you might have developed complacency
in is by flying with a new instructor, who may see gaps in
your training that your primary instructor can focus on to
improve. By doing so, you will ultimately make yourself
more aware of where you lack skills as a pilot and places to
improve and avoid complacency.
GA pilots can reflect on this accident to better understand the importance of a focused cockpit, how quickly
situational awareness can erode, and the dangerous
consequences when it does. Learn from the links in the
accident chain and how to apply the lessons learned from
this commercial flight gone wrong. Watch Accident Case
Study: Just a Short Flight on the AOPA Air Safety Institute's YouTube page (youtube.com/airsafetyinstitute).
alicia.herron@aopa.org

'THERE I WAS...': GREG SOTER
Join us as we talk to Greg Soter, a longtime general aviation pilot based in Utah. In 2013,
Soter was flying a Cessna 172 for a company testing radar gear when the equipment
caught fire in the backseat and forced him to make an emergency landing off-airport.
Listen to the episode online.
airsafetyinstitute.org/thereiwas

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