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MANUAL FLYING SKILLS

ICAO statistics show that for the worldwide commercial jet fleet between 1999 and 2008, that the three greatest causes of fatalities were LOC-I - nearly 2000, CFIT - nearly 1000 and about 400 were runway related (approach and landing phases).

The high profile accidents indicate handling issues.

There are great benefits due to automation, but it may lead to complacency and loss of confidence in innate flying abilities.

Manual Flying Skills are needed less often - but still needed.

The cause of erosion of Manual Flying Skills across the piloting profession may not be due to a lack of practice - they may never have been there in the first place!

  1. Ab initio training
  2. Command training
  3. Recurrent training
  4. Airline policy.

The flying hours accrued by a pilot are no guarantee of ability. It is the QUALITY, RELEVANCE and RECENCY of TRAINING that matters.

HUMAN FACTORS

THE "STARTLE FACTOR"

"Fear makes men forget, and skill that cannot fight is useless."

Brasidas of Sparta, 422BC

Training may require learning to adopt more effective behaviours. To do this, we need to understand our natural tendencies and to replace these with an effective mental model. Containing fear and the "Startle Factor" is just one part of this process.

For this reason, some importance needs to be devoted to Human Factors elements of flying; AFLL seeks the expertise of pilot-psychologists and Crew Resource Management experts.

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