Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)

  • Why have SOP’s in the first place? Ditto for Drills and Checklists and Flows?
  • What makes a good SOP? (Design your own and see)
  • Practical: Use your airline’s procedures. But make sure you know why you know each item is there, and why those items are in that order.
  • Make sure you can prioritize in an emergency

Personal Operating Procedures (Good Habits)

  • If you are flying solo:
    • Talk to yourself
    • Explain what you are doing as you fly
    • If you can explain it to yourself, you can communicate to other crew members
    • Obey the Second Commandment: Thou shalt do it the same way every time
    • Get into a routine
    • Spread your workload and plan ahead – a lull is the time to do some housework

Crew Operating Procedures

  • If you are a part of a crew:
    • Do exactly as above – except you’re talking to the other crew member(s) as well as to yourself
    • If you are Pilot Monitoring (PM) and move a switch or control, always say what you’re doing: Centre Pumps Off. Landing Lights On.
    • If you are Pilot Flying (PF) and you move a control, always say what you’re doing: Speed Brakes Retracted.
    • If you are Pilot Flying (PF) and you are using the Autopilot, always verbalize the FMA: Idle/Open Descent; Speed/Altitude/Heading,/Approach Armed. That way all three of you (!) know what’s going on.