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Features December 2012 Issue

Train the System

Learning to operate a Cessna 172 is easy. Safely operating it in the system is the difficult part. Are we training our pilots with the right emphasis?

When I was 10 years old, my father took me on a driving vacation from Chicago into central Canada. On the lonely back roads we would switch places and he’d let me drive. It was easy. When we reached civilization, though, we always switched back—just because I could steer and operate the pedals didn’t mean I could drive in town, with its right-of-way rules, stop signs, pedestrians, and so on.

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