Ensuring Flight Safety – Preventing Loss of Control in Flight
Most people commonly understand that airplanes require a specific amount of energy to generate the lift they need to fly. Unfortunately, when airplanes wield too much power, they also may break.
Between both minimum airspeed required for flying by design and the maximum airspeed that they can withstand structurally, this creates a narrow window for success that we call the aircraft’s “flight envelope.”
Amongst numerous assorted pilot skills, a pilot’s primary job is to maintain a plane within this envelope. Keeping an aircraft in this window ensures that an aircraft does everything by design, as intended.
Our team at Aviation Medical Exams of Miami frequently hear pilots complaining about their aircraft not performing or operating as they want it to. Of course, this is the airplane’s fault. However, they need to ask themselves what they asked the plane to do to create this unresponsiveness.
In addition to maintaining the flight envelope, a pilot in command must also rely on their pilot skills to assure the safety of any flight. From day one of flight training, pilots learn to evaluate critical flight safety factors. Most importantly, if there is a hint that flight safety might remain in question, don’t fly. Should this happen while in flight, but the plane on the ground?
Loss of control involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from a controlled flight. The Aviation Medical Exams of Miami team wants to go over how this can happen, as well as how to utilize pilot skills to mitigate a potentially disastrous situation.
Communicate with the Aircraft
This touches back on our aforementioned point that airplanes can only do what we tell them to. While we understand that an aircraft is a three-dimensional machine, it remains crucial to think about how it responds to the relative wind as opposed to the ground.
A pilot wields training to internalize plane movement. This means thinking about movement relative to the pilot in the plane. Aware, centralized flying is something that can get confusing while doing an inverted or rolling turn.
Pilots must think of the control inputs the same way regardless of position or altitude. They may soon discover that the airplane is simply responding to training and pilot skills put into action the same as the flying level in low altitude.
“Fly the Aircraft First”
What does “fly the aircraft first” mean? To put it simply, pilots must eradicate distractions. Many beginners feel tempted to pay less attention to their aircraft. Instead, they focus on air traffic control transmissions or conversations during their early flights.
This serves as a substantial cause of loss of control accidents. Fortunately, an easy way exists to alleviate this issue. By simply maintaining attention and concentration on controlling an aircraft, fliers can rely on their pilot skills to carry them home safely. Although this might mean a short delay in responding to controller communications, they’ll appreciate the safety-first attitude.
When pilots feel like they may be flying into an emergency situation, this is no time to keep this information to themselves. Declare the emergency. After all, a simple explanation of in-flight actions is better to take place before an event occurs than making the emergency the pilot’s very last flight.
Additionally, taking some time to brush up on short and soft-field takeoffs or landings can help improve a pilot’s chances for success when real emergency situations take place.
Develop Your Pilot Skills with Aviation Medical Exams of Miami
It remains essential for a pilot to understand and familiarize themselves with their own personal minimums. Taking the proper time and ensuring plenty of altitude can reduce loss of control accidents.
Nonetheless, ensuring an aircraft (and the pilot) is airworthy serves as a vital component of developed and experienced pilot skills. Here at Aviation Medical Exams of Miami, we can help.
Through our training and examination programs, we can help pilots develop and hone their pilot skills and reduce the occurrence of loss of control accidents. To learn more, contact our team today!