ILAFFT near bust

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I read with in­credulity James Tay­lor’s ILAFFT in No­vem­ber’s mag­a­zine, in which he re­counts a near bust of the Bris­tol Con­trol Zone. Although the piece was writ­ten with ad­mirable can­dour, I can’t help think­ing that the most ob­vi­ous les­son was not learned. Car­ry­ing a sim­ple mov­ing-map GPS de­vice in an ac­ces­si­ble and vis­i­ble po­si­tion in the cock­pit for ev­ery flight lim­its greatly the chance of bust­ing airs­pace and re­duces un­nec­es­sary cog­ni­tive ef­fort be­ing ex­pended by the pi­lot try­ing to gain sit­u­a­tional aware­ness while at­tend­ing to other cock­pit tasks and fly­ing the aero­plane. Mr Tay­lor only es­tab­lished his ex­act po­si­tion at the crit­i­cal mo­ment dur­ing the flight ret­ro­spec­tively, by con­sult­ing his (prob­a­bly out of date) pa­per chart back at the club­house. There is no need, in 2018, for such con­fu­sion; good air­man­ship re­quires all of us to use all avail­able means at our dis­posal to en­sure the safe con­duct of ev­ery flight. Nick Al­lum by email

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