“The final and most important part of the plan is that the final “go-no go” decision must, as always, rest with the pilot in command.”
… from a shouldn’t-be-necessary-at-all press release by the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA)
Zero Tolerance call by International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA)
It is a sign of the times that the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) feel they have to issue a press release to remind everyone that the “Pilot in Command” really means “IN COMMAND”. We’ve recently seen in Russia exactly what happened when a Polish pilot forgot that he was IN COMMAND and allowed himself to be bullied by his employer and/or his ego.
In case you’ve forgotten what happens when a pilot forgets about IN COMMAND, here’s few photos to remind you…
“Gotta-get-there-itis” is the name of the disease and there is only one cure for it: People in the left seat have to remember that they are IN COMMAND.
Pilots in Command have to learn to say…
“No Sir: you can’t fire me in the middle of flight. You can fire me after the flight, but I can’t be relieved while I’m sitting in the left seat and if you try my co-pilot will bash you over the head or worse. Now sit down and shut up and if you come into the cockpit again you’ll be sorry.”
Memo to all my friends still sitting P.I.C. – If you yield to the pressure and something goes wrong, you’re the only one who made the decision to fly. Been there. Done that.
And that is what I have to say about an IFALPA press release that shouldn’t be necessary at all.