My definition of Value Proposition
My definition of Value Proposition
The IMSAFE acronym is really important for all pilots to follow as a self-check before taking flight. In my opinion, this is the ultimate test of whether I’m behaving as Pilot in Command or not. I’m categorizing this as Checklists, Health – because it really is a self-check on all the human factors we may be experiencing, and confirm if we’re compatible with flight right now.
There are numerous checklists to attend to, that other people can witness, but only the IMSAFE checklist can be discerned by ourselves.
IMSAFE stands for:
I – Illness. Is there any form of current illness that may deter from PIC duties? There is a reg for this — (14 CFR 61.53). The key is to meet the relative requirements of your medical certificate.
M – Medication. There is a reg for this in the same place – (14 CFR 61.53). Also, AOPA has a medication database to review at www.aopa.org/Pilot-Resources/Medical/Medications-Database
S – Stress. This is a large topic, and I’ll write more articles on this over time. I’m a Certified Hypnotherapist, so can specifically talk to this topic.
A – Alcohol. There is a phrase, “8 hours from bottle to throttle”. I don’t really drink, so for me it’s more like 24 hours from bottle to throttle. There’s a reg for this at – (14 CFR 91.17). The focus typically is on drinking alcohol, but this addresses any form of drugs.
F – Fatigue. In general, this means getting enough sleep/rest. As a Certified Hypnotherapist, I can also talk more on this. If the subconscious mind doesn’t get enough rest to process everything in there, who knows what havoc that can play on the conscious mind.
E – Emotion. This is also a large topic, but if you’re under some form of negative emotion that is negatively impacting your thinking, how is that going to play while being a PIC of an aircraft? This is also an area I’m specializing in, which are all the Human Factors to consider, as it relates to aviation — Pilots, A&P Mechanics, everyone.
In practice, this would be a part of each flight, and reviewed prior to flight. Ideally with a pen mark checking off each item, and a signature. It can be logged with any paperwork you have. You could even do a quick post-flight debrief to document how you felt, what stuff came up to review, etc.
Purpose of End-to-End Flight – Master (Checklist)
Master Summary of all Checklists required for a successful flight from initial flight planning to securing the aircraft at the end.
Looks like there have been some changes in medical certification. In the past, I’ve always gone to an AME (Aviation Medical Examiner). Now it looks, for specific medicals, there’s something called BasicMed.
One thing similar to what I remember is that a 3rd class medical for a pilot over 40 lasts for two years. (14 CFR 61.23). What’s definitely different is that for under 40 it lasts for 5 years!
BasicMed (14 CFR 68) came effective May 1, 2017. Instead of going to an AME, a pilot can go to their personal physician. The pilot also has to take some online course.
There are some items you need to meet to qualify for BasicMed:
While BasicMed appears on the surface to be a good deal, there are a bunch of restrictions, which reveal what kind of medical this really is:
I’m not a CFI yet, but… there’s something about BasicMed for instructors that doesn’t make sense, so I’ll need to clarify:
There are several physical documents required to be in the aircraft with the pilot:
–Pilot Certificate. The FAA standardized several years ago with a hard plastic version, which I have. There is a regulation for that – (14 CFR 61.19(g)). In the past, I had a paper certificate (which I laminated), but that doesn’t count anymore.
–Government Issued Photo ID. I think this is a new requirement, as I don’t remember that. Something like a Driver’s License. There is a regulation for that – (14 CFR 61.3)
–Medical Certificate. In general, the duration changes after age 40. In the past, I would get a second class medical (required for commercial pilots), which would auto-downgrade to a third class (required for private pilots). A non-commercial Private Pilot only needs a third class. I will cover medical in a separate blog post because now there’s something called BasicMed. My understanding is that a Private Pilot over 40 would have a medical for two years. The regulation is within – (14 CFR 61.23)
–Biennial Flight Review. Every 24 months, I need to have a BFR in order to fly. A Private Pilot certificate does not expire, and the BFR is how it’s regulated. The regulation is within – (14 CFR 61.56) and the requirement is a logbook signoff and CFI signature. This signoff is what needs to be in the aircraft with you. In my case, right now, my BFR process will probably be much more intensive than if I had been flying consistently. In general, it involves ground instruction and airwork with a Certificated Flight Instructor. You can also do a BFR in any Make/Model of aircraft, even if it’s not one you typically fly. For example, I typically flew Cessnas, and did a BFR in a Katana. But… the place you rent from may want currency from a CFI in the “other aircraft” – the Cessna.
–90-day Landing Currency. This is the last portion of a signoff that would need to be in your logbook and with you in the aircraft. In general, you’re avoiding being ramp checked in a remote airport from home, where you have to prove everthing. The regulation is – (14 CFR 61.57). For day currency, it’s three takeoffs and three landings within 90-days. I suppose that’s where touch-and-goes come in handy. For night currency (which is defined as one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise) it’s also three takeoffs and three landings — but you need to do a full stop for each one. Of course, seeing as I’m current a Private Pilot, I get to keep track of these takeoffs and landings myself in the logbook. Ideally use the same pen – I remember that suggestion for some reason.