In a strange case of life imitating art, an Oregon pilot crashes into the ocean after learning he has Stage 4 cancer. Can we learn anything from this crash?
Human Factors: Say it out loud
In his report on the gear-up accident to the NTSB, the pilot said that he was alone in the airplane and “I did not state my GUMPS checks out loud,” adding that he normally “religiously” says a minimum of two out loud and sometimes three.
Human Factors: Whose fault, really?
When a mechanic’s error leads to an accident, does the pilot and aircraft owner share some of the responsibility?
Human Factors: No one in command
It wouldn’t be until after the crash that either one of them would have any clue that no one was flying the plane.
When it comes to radio communication between flying objects, the single most important thing a pilot can do is be on the right frequency.
A tool of the trade
The Leatherman multi-tool is one I’ve seen many a pilot sport. Apparently, it’s so well loved it’s even found its way into reports to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System.
Inattention to detail
Inattention to detail can lead to accidents.
Now that’s something to get excited about
Excitement while flying can be good and bad.
Fear: Real or imagined
Our fear is largely self-induced — and what we fear drives our thinking and how we behave.
Human Factors: Mindset
When it comes to mindset, pilots must possess a fixed mindset, but be able to adapt when needed.
Miscommunication common at airshows
Even when NOTAMs are issued, the human factor leads to miscommunication.
Self-doubt is a good thing
Our ability to trust our inner doubt can be the difference between an NMAC and an uneventful flight.