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.