Traffic Procedures. Nothing is worse than total confusion in the airspace. If 20 pilots are gossiping at once or all want to land at the same time, there is chaos. Ground crew less than impressed if the aircraft’s ignition is still on, the cockpit is open or even an engine is left running. However, the pilot can't see everything from everywhere at once. Therefore, just like road traffic, there are rules and procedures which every pilot has to follow.
Checklists. In many situations a pilot has to perform complex actions in a short time and must not make any mistakes. He cannot pull over to the side and read through the flight manual in peace. He must know what to do, when to do it and in what order. To ensure that nothing is forgotten, all important procedures, for the safe operation of an aircraft, are carried out using checklists. These checklists contain a lot of experience in the most consistent space.
Knowing the traffic rules for the airspace as well as at the airport, adhering to them and working through the checklists for the correct use of the respective aircraft point-by-point, gives a basic safety level for all and can be relied on in dangerous situations.
We have therefore summarised the most important information on this topic into a short format and in two chapters.
- Firstly, from the point of view of "The airfield and other traffic" with the emphasis on the procedures on the ground from a traffic point of view.
- Secondly, from the point of view of "me and my aircraft" with the emphasis on checklists and cockpit internal procedures for operational safety.
Both topics are interlinked and processes mix, but always function on the basis of a step-by-step correct implementation according to the request / approval / confirmation principle.