Tag: Loss of Control In-Flight



The Need for Stress during Upset Prevention and Recovery Training


  By Michael C. Newman   A pilot’s initial reaction to an unplanned aircraft upset is paramount to the eventual recovery or loss of control that follows. Fear, shock and extreme anxiety, often referred to as the startle factor of … Continue reading

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Leading Aviation Training Center Specialist Weighs in on Ghost Flight Phenomenon


Ghost Flight Phenomenon

It has been a rough week for general aviation. There have been two relatively high-profile accidents that have affected the community. On Saturday, August 31st retired Harley-Davidson executive Ronald Hutchinson was killed when his Cirrus SR-22 impacted the Atlantic Ocean … Continue reading

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Pilots, Are You As Prepared As You Should Be?




By: Paul W. Comtois, Colonel (RET.)   Training for corporate and commercial pilots is largely confined to the normal maneuvering of an aircraft, or the “normal flight envelope.” Pilots train in Level-D simulators, which cannot replicate stress factors present in … Continue reading

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Understanding Human Limitations in an Aviation Environment




  By: Paul W. Comtois, Colonel (RET.)   Whenever I approach the topic of Loss of Control (LOC) in preparation for an academic session or a simulator scenario, I always remind myself of the actual environment in which pilots operate … Continue reading

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I’ve Had The Academics—Now What?




  By: Paul W. Comtois, Colonel (RET.)   Any good pilot training program consists of a solid foundation of academics. Interaction with an instructor who truly understands the material creates a powerful learning environment. But as aviators, we need to … Continue reading

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Knowing the Limits of Humans and Aircraft Prove Beneficial to Pilots




By Paul Comtois, Colonel (Ret.) There has been a tremendous amount of focus on Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) in recent years due to a number of high profile accidents around the globe—both civilian and military. Emphasis on this topic … Continue reading

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