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Features June 2015 Issue

Decisions Made Easy

When making your own limitations, the FARs and the AIM can provide great food for thought. However, in many cases regulatory limits may be beyond your skill level, so be wary of just transcribing legalities into limitations.

Decisions Made Easy

Knowing what to do, how to handle most situations, is easy if you have documented limitations. Of course, you have to adhere to them for them to keep you safe.

When I made my living flying airliners, someone from the non-flying world would occasionally ask me, “Doesn’t it bother you to have to make all of those decisions?” My answer was always the same. “I never have to make any decisions. All of the decisions have already been made and are written down in a book.” Well, that wasn’t completely true. I got to decide what I wanted to eat (once I got to be a Captain) and when I wanted to eat.

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