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  •  Very interested to hear (1+ / 0-)
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    the difference in procedures between Air Force and airlines.

    Wasn't it only recently that medical surgeons started to use detailed checklists, after a study that proved their efficacy browbeat them into it?

    Darrell McDonald, 63, had a hernia operation in March. A longtime bush pilot in Alaska, he followed a checklist before every takeoff, including checking the controls and walking around the propeller-driven plane "to make sure nothing is getting ready to fall off."

    So McDonald was fine with his doctor writing on his body where the incision would be.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:52:20 PM PST

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    •  The main difference is (1+ / 0-)
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      In the Air Force we usually flew with "hard crews".

      In SAC I pretty much always flew with the same 5 people. We trained together, sat alert together and deployed together. They knew what I would do and I knew what they would do.

      In the airlines, I've had trips where I've flown with a different Captain every day of the week.

      That's why the airlines are so big on standardization. You never know who you're going to be paired with so everybody needs to do everything the same way.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:59:42 AM PST

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