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How It’s Done (Part 2)…

March 26th, 2006 · 6 Comments

In my previous entry, I discussed (in general terms) how a cockpit crew might react to certain inflight abnormalities. When faced with an inflight issue, airline pilots have access to a very concise manual that guides them as they deal with the rogue system. This manual is called a Quick Reference Handbook, or QRH, and is designed to give the pilots very specific and standardized instructions for just about every conceivable abnormality or emergency.

Now, lets’ look at a specific example from a well-known regional airline’s Quick Reference Handbook. The situation described in this excerpt involves an aural warning, which advises the pilots of a potential problem. A few definitions are required here, for the uninitiated among my readers. F/O is short for First Officer (commonly referred to as Copilot, New Guy, or Coffee-Boy), CVR is Cockpit Voice Recorder (or “Oh Shit” box), and PA is Passenger Address system.


As you can see, the QRH guides the pilot through the steps required to overcome the situation in a very logical manner. Without the QRH, pilots would have to rely on rote memory to recall the specifc steps required to handle the adverse situation, which would eventually lead to missteps and forgotten procedures.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Aviatrix // Mar 27, 2006 at 1:08 am

    Damnit GC, you got me again.

  • 2 GC // Mar 27, 2006 at 1:22 am

    …and did it amuse you?

  • 3 Ron // Mar 27, 2006 at 2:36 am

    It’s the little things that get me. “Glove Box Owner’s Manual” — nice.

  • 4 GC // Mar 27, 2006 at 3:08 am

    Again, I failed to mention in the original post that this is not my creation. I don’t know who made it, really. It was forwarded to me in an email eons ago.

  • 5 Aviatrix // Mar 27, 2006 at 4:15 am

    Of course it amused me. It’s all the funnier when I’m gearing up to learn the SOPs at a new place. I’ve seen the flowcharts before, but I still laughed. A good joke depends on the set up.

  • 6 Sam // Apr 2, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    The GPWS flow chart is pretty well known but I hadn’t seen this one before. Funny stuff and looks exactly like a page from my airplane’s emergency checklist.

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