Avoiding Common Pilot Errors

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This important book brings an air traffic controller's perspective to the mistakes pilots commonly make in controlled airspace. Veteran controller John Stewart has spent years observing pilots display their lack of education, lack of flight preparation, inability to communicate effectively, ignorance of resistance to regulations, and other dangerous flaws. This book is his attempt to help pilots fly more safely in controlled airspace and to introduce them to new and coming air ...

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Overview

This important book brings an air traffic controller's perspective to the mistakes pilots commonly make in controlled airspace. Veteran controller John Stewart has spent years observing pilots display their lack of education, lack of flight preparation, inability to communicate effectively, ignorance of resistance to regulations, and other dangerous flaws. This book is his attempt to help pilots fly more safely in controlled airspace and to introduce them to new and coming air traffic control technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830624348
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/1989
  • Series: Tab Practical Flying Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 814,502
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Abbreviations vii
Introduction xi
1 Basic Pilot Errors 1
The First Error
Preflight Preparation
Making a List and Checking It Twice
Improving Communications--A Case in Point
A Difference Between Night and Day
A Tale of Two Flight Plans
Fact Not Fiction
2 Communication 17
The Right Word
Is Anybody Listening?
Phraseology
Call Signs
Pay Attention
Great Expectations
Professional Skepticism
Body Language
Flight Plan Flubs
Using and Abusing the System
Communication--Cornerstone of ATC
3 Phraseology and Word Concepts 41
No Harm, No Foul
Radar Contact
Go Ahead
Urgency
Emergency
Additional Services
Clearances
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise
Very Special VFR
Crusing for a Bruising
Hurry Up and Wait
Controllers Do Care
4 ATC Equipment 69
Radar
Radio and Telephone Systems
Flight Data Systems
5 Regulations and Procedures 119
Staying Current
Quality Control
Stop! Put Your Pencil Down
Figuring Out the FARs
Cruising Altitudes
Position Reporting
Speed Regs
TCA--Terribly Complex Airspace?
ATC Instructions vs. Pilot Authority
IFR Airfiling
Learning ATC Procedures
Ask and Ye Shall Receive
But Don't Ask for the Impossible
Saying It Right
6 Airspace 157
Visibility and Cloud Clearance
Read the Regs Carefully
Airspace Anatomy
The Saga of Peggy Piper
Tale of the Phantom Control Zone
Airport Advisory Area
Military Operations
"Remain Clear of the TCA"
The Long Wait to Climb
"Remain Clear of the ARSA"
Common Sense
7 The Future 191
FAA--Caught in a Cruch
Taking the Independence Avenue
Contract Employees
Radar Advances
Satellites
TCAS
MLS
Weather Technology
Sector Suites
Consolidation
Advanced Automation System
Other Developments
Final Thoughts 219
About the Author 220
Index 221
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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    Not as eclectic as you might think

    This book was written with the better-than-average pilot in mind as the audience.
    However, I'm not a pilot but I found the book fascinating - I couldn't put it down. I do have a strong technical background and an engineering bent, and am a curious and inquiring sort.
    Written by a highly experienced FAA Air Traffic Controller with a lot of "people skills" and a fine sense of humor, it is eminently readable. If you have ever wondered how the ATC system really works, you can glean behind-the-scenes insight. For anyone who uses a radio, there is a great section on radio use and effective communication which is quite general. Somewhat less accessible are the insights on individual freedom while working in the context of a highly regulated and proscribed environment.
    If you have ever looked at a well-run organization and asked "How did THAT happen?" you might enjoy this book.
    And of course, if you *are* a pilot, I imagine you might bring your piloting up to the next level by becoming more aware of the viewpoint and skills of some of the other inhabitants of the fishbowl.
    I would have rated it even more highly but it is not for the casual or general reader. Among those who might enjoy it are accident investigators, enforcement personnel of all stripes, industrial operations engineers and designers - and naturally, groupies of all of the above.

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