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Pilot Safety Tip - Distractions
Distractions in the Cockpit
Two pilots using laptops and discussing crew scheduling procedures lose situational awareness and overfly their destination airport by 150 miles. A Captain calls for the after landing checklist while completing a difficult double right turn with limited space between runways and misses seeing the hold line, pulling onto the runway in front of a departing wide body aircraft. These real incidents are only two examples of what can happen if you allow yourself to become distracted when operating an aircraft.
Distractions in the cockpit are one of the leading causal factors in pilot deviation runway incursions. The runway hold line is a single point on the airport, and if you are not looking for where to hold short and you miss the signs and markings, there is no other visual cue until you reach the edge of the runway. Distractions which have resulted in pilot deviations include:
What can you do to guard against distractions?