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November/December 2010
Your source for general aviation news and information 
Federal AviationAdministration
ISSN: 1057-9648FAA Saety BriengNovember/December 2010 Volume 49/Number 6
Raymond H. LaHood
Secretary o ransportation
J. Randolph Babbitt
Margaret Gilligan
 Associate Administrator or Aviation Saety 
John M. Allen
Director, Flight Standards Service
Mel O. Cintron
Manager, General Aviation and Commercial Division
Susan Parson
Lynn McCloud
Managing Editor 
 Anna Allen
 Associate Editor 
Tom Hofmann
 Associate Editor 
James R. Williams
 Assistant Editor / Photo Editor 
John Mitrione
 Art Director 
Published six times a year,
FAA Saety Briefng,
FAA Aviation News,
 promotes aviation saety by discussing current technical, regulatory, andprocedural aspects aecting the sae operation and maintenance o aircrat. Although based on current FAA policy and rule interpretations, all materialis advisory or inormational in nature and should not be construed to haveregulatory eect. Certain details o accidents described herein may havebeen altered to protect the privacy o those involved.Te FAA does not ofcially endorse any goods, services, materials, or prod-ucts o manuacturers that may be reerred to in an article. All brands, productnames, company names, trademarks, and service marks are the properties o their respective owners. All rights reserved.Te Ofce o Management and Budget has approved the use o public undsor printing
FAA Saety Briefng 
Te magazine is available on the Internet at:http://www.aa.gov/news/saety_brieng/Comments or questions should be directed to the sta by:
 Writing: Editor,
FAA Saety Briefng 
, Federal Aviation Administration, AFS-805, 800 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20591
Calling: (202) 267-8212
Faxing: (202) 267-9463
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on subscription and mails up to our renewal notices.
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Subscribe via the Internet at http://bookstore.gpo.gov, tele-phone (202) 512-1800 or toll-ree 1-866-512-1800, or use the sel-mailer ormin the center o this magazine and send to Superintendent o Documents, U.S.Government Printing Ofce, Washington, DC 20402-9371.
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Federal AviationAdministration
Te November/December 2010 issue o 
FAA Saety Brieng
  ocuses on planning or the “unplanned” and outlinesthe tools and resources pilots need to handle abnormal and emergency situations. Articles provide tips onunusual attitude recovery, partial-power takeos, and understanding your aircrat’s electrical system.
Photo courtesy of Cessna
November/December 2010
 As I write this I am heading o to Wichita, Kan.,or the Bombardier Saety Standdown. Tis is not my rst standdown or aviation saety. My rst was many moons ago when I was an Air Force instructor pilotat the ormer Williams AFB. I well remember thoseearly standdowns. Tey provided this young pilot a valuable time to ocus on saety, to be introspective,to recalibrate, as well as to get up to speed on thelatest developments. At the Bombardier event I will provide an FAAupdate. But, more importantly, I will also talk aboutproessionalism. It is what FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt spoke passionately about at the previousBombardier event. Proessionalism has been one o the administrator’s major themes since he took theFAA helm in June 2009.Cockpit proessionalism is also one o my major passions and has been so since I rst climbedinto an Air Force trainer. Tis passion stayed with me as I have endeavored over the years—asinstructor, commander, and regulator—to instillproessionalism in other pilots.Te administrator is absolutely right whenhe says FAA cannot regulate proessionalism.But, what is he really talking about? Just what isproessionalism?Proessionalism is attitude, discipline, andattention to detail. It starts with precision andmeeting every requirement. Little things mean alot to a pilot who is a proessional. Am I ying onspeed, at altitude, or on glide path? Have I double-and triple-checked my proposed ight path? Am Ikeeping situationally aware at least 10 miles ahead o the plane?Pilots are not born as procient proessionals.Tey need to be taught. From the rst lesson, wemust teach pilots to think and analyze, to prioritizebased on risk, and to always exercise discipline. Wemust approach every pilot start as i that individualcould one day be called upon to land a largepassenger jet in the Hudson River.Tat means ocusing on judgment. Fromthe beginning, we must teach all components o aeronautical decision-making, including gatheringall inormation on routing, weather, and equipment,and make sure every training opportunity is aseective as possible. And, rom the beginning, wemust ocus on proessionalism, whether or notthe pilot will be ying or un or or a living. Every instructor must oster a proessional attitude.In addition to the crucial role o instructors,proessionalism is well served when experiencedpilots take the time to impart knowledge andexperience. We sell ourselves, and our entire yingcommunity, short when we assume training stopsin the classroom.o reinorce that we atthe FAA “walk the talk,” we will have our second FAA Saety eam Standdown on April 2, 2011. Te theme is: “Stand Up to Error, StandDown or Saety.” Te main Standdown will be heldin Lakeland, Fla., in conjunction with the Sun ’n FunInternational Fly-in and Expo.In addition, the FAA Saety eam will bescheduling special saety events during the month o  April all around the country. You will hear more about the FAA Standdownand related events. I you have not already signed upor an account on the FAA Saety eam Web site—
—you should do so today. You will nd a wealth o saety inormation, updates onuture saety seminars, and much more.I will be at Sun ’n Fun standing down or saety in April. I look orward to seeing you there!
Standing Down or Saety 
Proessionalism means doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

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