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Feature Article: Abnormal Situation Training

We do not want a first spin to be of the accidental kind. We do not want a first encounter with adverse weather to be while solo. A pilot's first SVFR experience should not be after getting rated. Training that avoids turbulence is not likely to give a pilot familiarity and confidence when cockpit things begin to jump. The startle factor of such events are quite likely to cause reactions based upon instinct rather than training. The rule of primacy is apt to be a pilot's worst enemy in a startle situation. The failure of training to provide prior experience into abnormal situations is a failure of the instructional program and instructor. Good judgment and appropriate decision making can only exist through situational exposure. Flight instruction is expected to prepare students to fly into the expected and to avoid the unexpected.

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