Pilot in Command (Practical Flying)

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A critical how-to guide to cockpit decision-making for every pilot, based on FAA-mandated pilot-in-command authority -- and pilot responsibility for flight safety and operations. Includes essential methods for self-retraining, techniques for maintaining awareness, and advice on improving piloting performance.

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The only segment of aviation that currently has a rising accident trend is general aviation. GA is also the only segment that does not emphasize being "in command." Instead, GA training has traditionally focused on rote execution of flight maneuvers. New studies reveal a proactive approach to general aviation flight operations successfully improves general aviation accident odds. Based on FAA-mandated pilot-in-command authority and responsibility for flight safety and operations, Pilots in Command: Strategic Action Plan for Reducing "Pilot Error" provides private pilots a how-to guide to cockpit decision making. Using a step-by-step model, pilots discover how to use available tools to avoid pilot error. The book also identifies inherent pilot habits commonly practiced by general aviation pilots and presents methods for self-retraining to eliminate the problematic behaviors. General Aviation training is changing to meet the facts of rising accident trends and subsequent investigation into its origins and prevention. The strategies Craig presents in Pilot in Command are developed from FAA-participated research and continued review. It is effective decision making that produces effective flight, and Craig expertly weds the two in a hands-on approach pilots can apply every time they fly.

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Paul A. Craig holds a doctorate of Education, special emphasis pilot decision-making and flight training strategies. He holds Gold Seal multiengine and instrument instructor certificates and an Airline Transport Pilot certificate. Awarded the FAA flight Instructor of the year designation two consecutive years, Craig is a leading authority in general aviation pilot training. He is currently employed by Middle Tennessee State University as Chief Instructor & Assistant Professor of Aerospace.

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