Effective Monitoring – in Brief

“Look at it like this: you are working as a crew to keep the aircraft and it’s contents safe. You are not protecting your buddy by not saying anything in the hope that you are protecting him… we are present, we are sitting there waiting for the PNF to highlight it and for it to be corrected. So effective monitoring means that the PNF has got to be on top of the game all the time. And because, basically you have more capacity than the pilot flying, you should always be one step ahead of him. Thinking he should be doing this now, why isn’t he doing it. Speed’s got a bit slow – oh that’s alright, he’s just moved the thrust up. Speed’s now 2kt slow, he still hasn’t moved the thrust up – “SPEED”. You’re not bringing it to anyone else’s attention, be it instructors, passengers, Flight Data Monitoring systems.. that he’s flying two knots slow. You’re bringing it to their attention that you’re working as a crew.”

Asiana Airlines visual approach, San Francisco. Image courtesy of http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/san-francisco-sfo-plane-crash-93768.html

Asiana Airlines visual approach, San Francisco. Image courtesy of http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/san-francisco-sfo-plane-crash-93768.html

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