The vast majority of time, FleetCaptain has assigned a plane having correct known or estimated fuel, and the pilot verifies all is OK and proceeds without exception. If the aircraft is loaded such that there is a utility category of operation, this will be shown by a green utility category envelope, otherwise only the normal category will be shown along with a “SPINS PROHIBITED” reminder. The weight and balance is shown with basic empty weight (BEW), zero fuel weight (ZFW) and takeoff weight (TOW) marked on the chart. The chart is displayed either using the moment or the arm format, as desired by the pilot. If the aircraft will transition from the normal category to the utility category as fuel is burned, that will be shown graphically and the fuel level where this transition occurs is noted on the flight authority form.
No Doubt Data
No one leaves over gross weight. No one conducts a spin without certainty of operating in the utility category. Maintenance and defect rules are applied rigourously. Recreational pilots are equipped to operate like professional pilots – every flight.
Safety happens when processes go well. More to the point, safety happens when nothing goes too far wrong. A snag process with no compromises. Equipment that’s repaired as soon as a fault is found. Maintenance, dispatch, and flight line staff who are comfortable, evenly loaded and clear in the performance of their jobs. Newer equipment. On-time operations. Less waiting. The pilot enjoys a relaxed environment at the counter and leaves without being burdened by calculations or hurried or delayed.
None of these are silver bullets for safety. But each tends to pull in the right direction. Every flight, every day, each process runs as smoothly and as exception-free as possible. People can focus their attention on the few issues that do arise and apply good SMS principles to dealing with them.
The team works together to anticipate and deal with risks. FleetCaptain strives to make safer operation easy, because the price of failure is high.