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March 22nd, 2006 · 7 Comments

Those of you that have been around the industry a fair degree will be familiar with what I’m about to discuss. This post is for the readers who might want a little insite into our training when it comes to handling abnormal in-flight scenarios.

Let’s take equipment failure as our first example. If a piece of equipment malfunctions or fails while in flight, most professional aviators follow a procedure that is similar to what is outlined in this flowchart:

Another example of an abnormal in-flight scenario and how to handle it would be illustrated by this flow chart regarding sudden activation of the Ground Proximity Warning System (also know as GPWS, or the “WOOP WOOP – PULL UP!” box):

As you can see, things are pretty cut-and-dried in the world of professional aviation.

Another well-hyphenated way to describe things would be tongue-in-cheek.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John // Mar 22, 2006 at 8:02 pm

    What a hoot! I could have used that first flow chart this morning when my flight director went haywire, but I think I salvaged the situation. And I won’t f$%k with it again … until it’s been fixed.

  • 2 All the Hardways // Mar 23, 2006 at 1:51 am

    Ha-ha, I’ve printed out the second flow chart and added it to my kneeboard. My instructor loves having me study aircraft systems, especially electricals, which I find quite dry and boring… a bunch of arrows, lines and oddly named components, so I’m going to be a wise ass and sneak this out on my next pop quiz.

  • 3 GC // Mar 23, 2006 at 2:29 am

    I probably should have noted that these were not my creation. I’ve seen various forms of these on paper from various sources over the past decade, and have always found them to be funny. Now, they’re up on the internet, and I “yoinked” them from somewhere else, modified them a bit, and posted them here. Credit goes to Mr. Author Unknown.

  • 4 Anonymous // Mar 23, 2006 at 2:51 am


  • 5 Flygirl // Mar 24, 2006 at 2:10 am

    Great post GC! I printed them off and gave them to my pilots today…they got a kick out of them! Thanks!

  • 6 Evan // Mar 25, 2006 at 12:17 am

    OK, but- what if the damn thing’s not working, because you did f#*K with it, and you ARE the captain? Then what?
    I don’t see the “now we’re all screwed” circut..
    Oh, I forgot. Captains don’t make mistakes.

  • 7 GC // Mar 25, 2006 at 2:54 am

    Please remember, this situational flow chart has been developed and refined by aviation professionals over many many years of airline operations.

    If you look at the chart, the “thing not working, because you #$%&’ed with it, and you are the captain” clearly leads you to “Don’t #$%& with it again.”

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