Anticipate & Double Check

Over the years my knowledge of airplanes has increased and my flying skills have improved exponentially since soloing in 1970. I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned with you. Many of the items that I’ve learned over the years not only applies to flying but I find applies to other areas of life as well. One of these principles is what I call “anticipate and double check”.

Welcome Aerostar with airplane As an example, while in level flight, with approach flaps set and the autopilot disconnected, your aircraft is trimmed for 120 KTS. Upon arrival at the glide slope or glide path, the aircraft will begin a 600 ft./m descent when the landing gear is lowered at the same 120 KTS at a specific manifold pressure. In a no-wind situation this should keep the aircraft on the glide slope or glide path. If you find that the airplane is descending at 135 Kts in this situation, possibly the gear did not extend. By checking early in the descent you determined quickly that there was an anomaly.

Of course we can use the same principle while running our business. We ask an employee to accomplish something but, especially if it’s important, we should double check later to ensure that it has been accomplished.

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