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soheilostad

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Hey everyone. I'm currently in college for aviation and I'm at 15 hours of flight time. Sometimes when I fly, I rush some things in the checklist and I forget to do other things and it makes me feel like I'm a really bad pilot. For example in the circuit at another aerodrome, I forget to even put my takeoff flaps down and then at final I realize I have no flaps and overshoot. Or, I mess up on radio calls. Is it normal to mess up at 15 hours and just be confused during some flights and make mistakes and then other times you do really well?
 

74Gear

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There is a reason there are 2 pilots up there flying on a commercial aircraft, people aren't robots and they forget things. Learn from it and what I used to do is come up with a way to remind myself and double check before landing. Like most airline pilots use their lights to remind them if they are cleared to land or not. If you watch some of my videos on viral debrief I talk about a lot of mistakes pilots make and the ones I have done too. Don't worry about it just work on getting better.
 
Hey everyone. I'm currently in college for aviation and I'm at 15 hours of flight time. Sometimes when I fly, I rush some things in the checklist and I forget to do other things and it makes me feel like I'm a really bad pilot. For example in the circuit at another aerodrome, I forget to even put my takeoff flaps down and then at final I realize I have no flaps and overshoot. Or, I mess up on radio calls. Is it normal to mess up at 15 hours and just be confused during some flights and make mistakes and then other times you do really well?
If you watch the tv show Air Disasters, you learn about the mistakes pilots + others in aviation make. The positive result is, that after the FAA investigations, they often make mandates to improve the safety conditions, to help prevent the same mistakes from occurring again. One can learn a lot from this interesting show.
 
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321Captain

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I’ve found that the best way for me to remember certain things is to trigger them with other things. For example, on my airplane part of the before takeoff checklist is to arm the spoilers. We do this so that in case of an aborted takeoff, the spoilers will deploy if we are above a certain speed and bring the thrust levers to idle. There is nothing telling me to arm them, I just know that I am supposed to do so before we do the before takeoff checklist. So I tied my arming the spoilers to when the first officer calls back to tell the flight attendants to prepare for takeoff. Whenever the FO calls them, I arm the spoilers. Pretty simple, but it works. You need to start building routines into the repetitive tasks you do every time you fly. Kelsey mentioned the lights. I always put the taxi light on when cleared for approach and the landing light on when cleared to land. It becomes so ingrained that if you forget to put the switch in land, you will ask the FO if we have been cleared to land. Build good habit patterns, and you won’t second guess yourself so much. Always look at the switch or handle when going through a checklist item, and don’t be complacent.

Happy flying!
 
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