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Flying is Not a Spectator Sport 

Having the right kind of flight training experience can make a big difference in how efficient and effective you are as a pilot. In her article “Flying is Not a Spectator Sport,” author Susan Parson explains the importance of being an active participant during your flight training and offers tips on how to stay engaged during the learning process. One of those pointers Parson highlights is a debriefing technique known as collaborative critique. This method uses a four-step process to replay, reconstruct, reflect, and redirect the flight experience. Parson also stresses the real world experience gained from scenario-based training and its ability to sharpen a student’s decision-making skills during an unexpected event.

To read the article, see page 8 of the January/February issue of FAA Safety Briefing at