Situation and Mode Awareness: SMA

This is the Eigth in a series of posts that will provide, throughout the year, an improvement strategy that will cover the entire family of 9 Automation Airmanship® principles. Just a few years ago, we went on the record to update an outdated concept, one that had remained unchanged for decades while our industry had …

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Modes of Modern Airmanship, Part II: “Now that I know what a mode is, how do I apply that to Airmanship?”

A few weeks ago we began a discussion on the meaning of the word mode as it applies to the contemporary flight deck. Our intention was to bring some personal focus to our readers with respect to this often misunderstood yet ubiquitous concept. With this posting, we aim to complete the conversation and offer a …

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Modes of Modern Airmanship, Part I: “If that was a mode, then I sure missed it.”

 So much of the way we discuss contemporary flight deck automation and how pilots use technology to “get things done” is centered on mode and situational awareness, we thought it would be a good topic for this forum. In fact, it seems that in surveying some recent accident reports the concept of what a mode …

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