Gems Publishing - July 2019

By Dr. Tom “The Gems Guy” Orent

deploy … multiple catastrophic hydraulic systems failure, etc. ...? Was the cause of the crash pilot (human) error or was there a manufacturing defect or maintenance error … which, if discovered and corrected on other similar jets, could save lives in the future? Imagine if the NTSB completed their investigation and determined that the cause of the jet crash and loss of countless lives was … a missing dashboard! They determined that just after reaching 10,000 feet, the entire dashboard vanished from the cockpit (something directly out of Rod Serling’s "Twilight Zone" or a Steven King novel). It was a stormy pitch-black night. The pilots were flying IFR (FAA Instrument Flight Rules), depending solely upon their instruments to determine flight speed, altitude, compass direction, distance from highest terrain and mountain peaks, remaining fuel … and radar to determine the proximity of other airliners etc. … and then, suddenly, the entire dashboard vanished. ROD SERLING’S 'TWILIGHT ZONE'

Following every jet airline crash, there’s an in-depth investigation. Lives have been lost, families have been destroyed, and countless questions demand answers. Assuming authorities can locate and access the wreckage, the first thing they go after is the “black box” (which by the way is actually required by law to be bright orange) after determining the absence of survivors. Why do they look for the black box? Because it houses a series of essential flight data recordings. In addition to cockpit voice recorders, it contains a minute-by-minute history of the status of every gauge, setting, and instrument on the jet’s dashboard.

After examining the flight data, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) is often able to determine exactly what

"There are other KPIs from which you will gain clear advantage by giving them at least a quick glance every day."

YOUR PRACTICE ON A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

Operating your practice without a visual dashboard of your KPIs (key practice

happened. Was there an equipment malfunction, horizontal stabilizer stuck in the down position, flaps that wouldn’t

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