That’s the question asked by a new book, “Glass Cockpit Flying,” by Robert Littlefield.
The author notes that glass cockpit airplanes are certainly less safe than they should be. A recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study showed fewer total accidents for glass cockpit aircraft but a higher fatal accident rate and a higher total of fatal accidents.
Glass cockpit technology offers general aviation pilots the promise of increased levels safety and performance. Why has the promise of greater levels of safety for glass cockpit airplanes not been realized? Because general aviation pilots and training providers have not yet evolved the way they train and fly to catch up with the advances in glass cockpit technology, according to Littlefield.
He wrote “Glass Cockpit Flying” to help remedy this problem by explaining what makes glass cockpit airplanes different, and giving general aviation pilots and training providers the tools and knowledge they need to fly these airplanes safely and efficiently. This book is important to everyone who flies, wants to fly, or instructs in general aviation glass cockpit airplanes.
Littlefield is a Gold Seal Flight and Instrument Instructor who holds Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic licenses. He is also an FAA FAASTeam Representative, a Master WINGS holder and a former Designated Pilot Examiner.
He specializes in instructing pilots of glass cockpit airplanes and is a Cirrus Standardized Instructor (Avidyne and Perspective), a Columbia Factory Flight Instructor (Avidyne and Garmin 1000), and a Cessna FITS Accepted Instructor Plus (CFAI+). He has given over 4,800 hours of flight instruction, including over 3,500 hours of flight instruction in Technically Advanced Airplanes.
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