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Features April 2019 Issue

Human Factors

Human Factors

Yes, this is a “soft-science” discussion that perhaps you find uninteresting. But try to follow along; it might just resonate and even save a life.

About 30 minutes into these touch and goes, one requested a “stop and go.” I could not have five aircraft doing touch and goes with one doing a stop and go; it would mess up the pattern and I’d be making student pilots do a lot they didn’t need to. So, I come back with, “Unable. I have five of y’all.” He came back with, “Well we need to do stop and goes for training.” I thought about putting that one airplane on the other runway, but I had started to have a line of departures and arrivals. “Unable,” I repeated. I thought the matter was closed, as it should have been.

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