Digital Distractions and Technology Dependency

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Operations, Pilot, Safety
Instructor: Terry Palmer, Airborne Public Safety Association

Recent accidents in many sectors of commercial aviation have been attributed to distraction, with errors in automation and an inability to recognize simple solutions such as hand-flying the aircraft. The same is true for situations in which the environment, weather, or other outside factors require the pilot to think beyond the technology and make accurate decisions. Situational awareness is often clouded by dependence on technology, including personal devices. This presentation will demonstrate how to recognize dependence on technology and effectively train to proficiency in both automation management and flying skills.

Instructor Bio

Terry Palmer is the training program manager at the Airborne Public Safety Association and the chairperson of HAI’s Training Working Group. She consults on aviation business strategy, safety, and training.

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