Está rolando no perfil do Safety Standdown Worldwide no LinkedIn uma discussão muito interessante sobre “Significant Cockpit Distraction”, proposta pelo Pat Daily, um dos principais consultores da Bombardier Safety Standdown. A seguir, eu vou reproduzir a proposta do Pat para a discussão e, em seguida, a melhor resposta enviada por um dos membros do grupo até o momento (acredito que dificilmente aparecerá alguma melhor). Acho que é um assunto que vale a pena refletir.
Significant Cockpit Distraction – What would you do and how would you do it?
You’re on final at one of the world’s busiest airports. It’s day VFR. You’re passing through 700 feet. Your landing flaps are set, but the Captain hasn’t called for the gear yet. You ask:
“Ready for the gear?” There’s no response. You glance over and the Captain’s eyes are open and he’s got his hands on the controls. You ask again:
“Want me to lower the gear?” Still no response and now you’re passing through 500 feet. You drop the gear. The Captain’s eyes are still open, but it doesn’t look like anybody’s home.
What do you do? At a minimum, a lot of your attention is now focused on the Captain. This is a significant distraction. Are you going to continue the approach? Go around? Declare an emergency? File a NASA or ASAP report? There’s a lot going through your head. How do you control your attention so that you can focus on whatever you’ve decided to do?
Micah Saumier – Hawker 800XP Captain at Jet Linx Aviation
If you were following your SOPs you would probably already would have had the gear down or initiated go around. Maybe it was discussed to delay gear extension. Probably not to this extreme though. Speak loudly and clearly calling for the go around. If there is no result, make it happen. You may find out there is one less soul on board than you departed with. Don’t let the number of souls on board decrease further.
Nobody wants the other pilot to take controls but any true professional will provide you with respect if the situation warrants the action. Do the job you were hired to do…. Be safe and take care of the guy sitting next to you.
Eu achei o trecho “Provavelmente, deve haver uma alma a menos a bordo naquele instante em relação ao momento da decolagem… Não deixe que o número de almas a bordo diminua ainda mais!” (tradução livre de “You may find out there is one less soul on board than you departed with. Don’t let the number of souls on board decrease further”) genial! Vale a pena ler o texto acima só por isso.