Why is a pre- flight briefing so important?

Why is a pre- flight briefing so important?September 25, 2019

Why is a pre- flight briefing so important?
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The pre-flight work is important for many reasons, the main one, and the most obvious one, is for the security for both passengers and pilots. It is an essential part and a critical moment for the whole team, but also an enormous opportunity to recollect and select the operational data to the upcoming flight as we need to prepare the route with headings, altitudes, deviations, speeds and times, and at the same time take into account the weather conditions. No matter how experienced the pilot is, it is essential to carry out a thorough briefing regardless of how familiar the crewmembers are with the team or with the flight plan.

According to research (Flight Safety Foundation, 1998-1999), approximately 50% of approach and/or landing accidents are linked to flaws in flight preparation, due to either lack of understanding of weather conditions, loss of horizontal / vertical situational awareness or a poor crew coordination.  On the other side, the briefing technique is also underestimated, as the style and tone plan an important role in its effectiveness. The most recommended technique is the interactive briefing as is requires agreement and understanding after each phase of the briefing.

Since the very beginning at Panamedia International Flight School, you will learn about the importance of security measurements during your training and how to conduct them out, and that’s why we leave you some key indicators for the pre-flight briefings:

  • Action plans

What will happen if there’s heavy rain forecast or any other possible scenario that could affect the flight? It is important that you clearly define and communicate your action plan both under normal and abnormal conditions.

  • Weather conditions

Again, this is not only important for safety reason, but also will enable you to respond effectively to any complications that may arise, and also questions from passengers or crew members if it affects somehow the expected landing time.

  • Preparedness

It is important to communicate the preparedness of the flight and cabin crew when facing unusual requirements or when responding to sudden changes or conditions.

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