The Three Things You Never Want in the Cockpit
What are the Three Things You NEVER Want to Bring Into the Cockpit?
If someone were to ask you, “What should you never bring into the cockpit?”, you could compile a very long list of items.
However, rather than simply compiling a list of obvious items; let’s examine this question from the broader perspective of reducing aircraft accidents.
The number one cause of aviation accidents is poor judgment, and so the answer is simple. We do not want to bring into the cockpit those items that are detrimental to the use of our good judgment. They are primarily; clutter, frustration, and stress.
If you have too much clutter in your life, mental or physical, you must work to reduce it because otherwise you are more susceptible to distractions. Frustration can cause someone of normally good judgment to make terrible decisions. We all know the negative impact of stress on our judgment.
If you have these items in your life, before you go fly, make a conscious effort to compartmentalize. Put them into a cubbyhole in your mind and leave them there for the duration of the flight. Don’t worry, they will be there when the flight is over, and you can deal with them then.
Remember, under no circumstances do you want to bring anything into the cockpit that might interfere with your good judgment, and the three main culprits are clutter, frustration, and stress.
One of the great benefits of Pilot Judgment® is that we accurately measure the influence of each of these items on your judgment and decision-making ability.
What a powerful metaphor! I’ve realized that I fly an overloaded plane… I will try your advice to compartmentalize, thank you!