10 Ways To Help Prevent
By: John Davis
- Follow Procedures.
Establish safe procedures for airport operations. Then follow them.
- Never Assume.
Do not take clearances for granted. Look both ways before entering or crossing taxiways and runways.
- Understand, Signs, Lights, and Markings.
Keep current with airport signs, lights and markings. Know what they mean and what action to take.
- See the Big Picture.
Monitor both ground and tower communications when possible.
- Transmit Clearly.
Make your instructions and read backs complete and easy to understand.
- Listen Carefully.
Listen to your clearance. Listen to what you read back. Do not let communications become automatic.
- Admit when you're lost.
If you get lost on an airport, ask ATC for help. It's better to damage your pride than your aircraft.
- Situational Awareness.
Know your location. If you are unfamiliar with an airport, keep a current airport diagram available for easy reference.
- Copy Clearances
Clearances can change. Keep a note pad and copy your clearance. If needed, refer to your notes.
- Sterile Cockpit.
Maintain a sterile cockpit until reaching a cruising altitude. Explain to your passenger, if you have one, that talking should kept to a minimum.
Material was obtained from an FAA seminar.