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Mental processes of multitasking are not well understood and probably few of us look at this from the perspective of flying. We scan and interpret instruments relative to our current flight profile, review the approach, respond to ATC, and—oh yeah—fly the airplane. We might redirect our scan or perform other tasks based on sights, sounds, […]

Safe Enough

Many of my previous Remarksmhave touched on what’s safe in general aviation, but that’s a conversation worth continuing. Long ago I concluded that “safe” is a concept and a goal, not a measure. What’s to say that one activity is safe but another is not? It’s mostly just relative to the skill and comfort of each individual […]

Getting Youth Involved

One failure of GA in the U.S. is the dearth of young aviators, creating a pilot shortage. While many colleges and flight schools attempt solutions, there’s just not a big demand. First, blame the media. Aviation is not as exciting as it was in the 1950s. In that era, every few months there was a […]

Caveat Emptor

Consider the contradiction we pilots face between the ultimate responsibility as PIC and working in an environment where the successful completion of our tasks requires us to trust those around us. As PICs we’re responsible for … everything. It’s the ultimate “buck stops here” situation where everything falls on our shoulders. We’re responsible for the […]

Remarks: July 2021

On To AirventureFor three days I attended SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Florida, and have a few observations...

Remarks: Consistency

There are a few reasons airlines are safer than general aviation. Now, airline pilots commonly fly at least 50 to 80 hours a month...

Remarks: Comfort Zone

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with a friend, Tom, who’s looking to expand his aeronautical horizons. His comfort zone is getting...

Remarks: Milestones

Experts in print media say that it’s bad form for an editor to focus his/ her remarks on the magazine itself. “Be original,” they...

Remarks: Conservatism

Back in the January issue, my Remarks outlined how I try to look at my flying choices through the lens of an accident report...

Expectation Bias

Years ago when I moved into a new neighborhood, I was exploring different routes to drive to my new house. After only a short...

Remarks: How’s That Look?

Sometimes we stretch the regulations, or worse, common sense. Some examples include VFR weather minimums (scud running), night currency, or even logging. Don’t get me...

Go or No Go?

Every pilot has been faced with a marginal go/no-go decision. Sometimes it’s marginal weather that, if it gets no worse, is a go. But, if it gets even a little worse, it’d be no-go. And, sometimes it’s a mechanical issue that might not quite rise to the level of being unairworthy. But it could. For […]