Keeping your Cool on the Flight Deck

June, 14, 2020 by

While pilots usually try to plan everything as far in advance as possible, sometimes unexpected stressful situations can arise. Common examples of this include heavy traffic around the airport and weather enroute. Whenever this happens, it is important to slow down and take it one step at a time. The best thing to do in these situations is to follow instructions and remember your training. By following instructions, these situations will often naturally resolve themselves. If the stress of these situations is ever too much, consider diverting or holding. Remaining calm in tough situations is one of the most important skills a pilot can have.

Ryan Epps is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is also a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and helps run the Airport Editing Team, currently as an Airport Editing Manager.