Keep your head up!

800px-UDT-Runway_illuminated[1] Picked up a great piece of knowledge from a gentlemen who is an aviation/airport customer service trainer. He told the story of the challenges younger pilots have when it comes to becoming comfortable with the various warning lights and signage that appear on larger commercial and general aviation runways. Apparently younger pilots, who have spent many hours in simulators tend to rely more on what their gauges and instruments tell them, where older pilots, trained before simulators were widely used, tend to rely more on looking out of the cockpit window and being guided by what is in front of them.

The point of the story is that all of the guidance and warning signs in the world won’t help you if you don’t keep your head up and look at what’s in front of you.

I can think of many occasions, years ago, where I would have been better served if I lifted my head up and acted on the information that was right before my eyes!

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