CAA Skyway Code endorsed — and excoriated
I was really pleased to discover the CAA’S recently released ‘Skyway Code’. Initially a little dubious and thinking that it was going to be a revamped version of the CAA’S Guide to Visual Flight Rules in the UK, it soon became obvious that it was a completely new document with a lot of fresh content providing quick access to all the vital information. What impresses me most is the document’s strong emphasis on the human factors considerations that drive effective (and poor) airmanship. The ‘GA risks’ section actively questions pilots’ approach to risk and some home truths are laid bare, with the guide pointing out that ‘pilots who are ‘usually so careful’ occasionally seem to do things that appear to be quite reckless’; ‘It can be tempting to abridge the pre-flight check or not bother to check NOTAMS’; and ‘it is sometimes tempting to believe that you have no influence on outcomes and that fate will run its course regardless of how you act’. These statements are bang on and they certainly struck a chord with me.
For those of us out there who have our licences and access to an aircraft (maybe through ownership or a syndicate), there’s no opportunity for a quick word from the CFI as we pass through the flying school’s doors and out onto the apron (or field!), or the outbrief performed by my friends and colleagues in the military (which always includes consideration of a pilot’s mental state) before climbing into the cockpit. This new Skyway Code — complete with an outbrief style checklist — should hopefully instil a deeper sense of selfawareness within the GA community. Fair play to the CAA who deserve due credit on this one. Scott Pendry, Air League Council Member and G-SARM flying group I dutifully read through the CAA’S recently released ‘Skyway Code’ — I wonder how many pilots have bothered to do so or even know of it? — and was signally unimpressed! Its content is primarily what we all learned when training but all bundled together into over 160 pages, so hardly a quick read. I’m not being ‘superior’ (I’m an old-but-notbold pilot) when I say I didn’t learn anything new nor find anything I hadn’t been taught when learning to fly. What I did find were lots of typos and some laughable examples of stating the b***g obvious, such as: ‘You must ensure at all times while in flight, at least one pilot is at the controls of the aircraft with their seatbelt fastened.’ Gosh, I wonder which wise CAA employee thought it was necessary to say that! Name and address supplied