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License To Learn

Happy Sunday, everyone!

I hope that you all are enjoying what is left of the weekend.  (In some parts of the world, it is seconds from being over - so I will wish you all a great week ahead!)

As I am currently heavily reviewing some training material that I am studying for Flight School in order to help prepare for FAA Exams, I wish to let you know that in the up and coming weeks I will be reviewing this material on this blog site.  Some of it will be some of the most basic and elementary skills of flying.  I will say, that even the most elementary stuff could make the difference between life and the other unmentionable option.  Every aspect of flying should be taken seriously at no matter what level - elementary or advanced ATP Theory.


With this in mind, I will share what an ELAL Boeing747 Captain once shared with I and other pilots at a local event out on Long Island a few months ago.  The topic being discussed was automation dependency.  Near the end of the discussion, he relayed that there wasn't a trip that he had done where a new occurrence wouldn't arise which required critical thinking, troubleshooting, and which eventually become a new learning experience.  Even though the autopilot is clicked on shortly after take off, that doesn't mean that every flight wasn't a new learning experience.  When a pilot acquires a new rating, or touches their license from the FAA with their bare hands for the first time, that pilot should consider it as their "license to learn."  

No matter what rank we are, whether we fly general aviation or for the majors, we are and will always be in fact - student pilots.  Ready to go into the plane, the flight deck, to take on what will become a new situation, or opportunity to learn something new about our planes from the single engine Cessna to the quad powerplant Boeing or Airbus, the automation, the tricks Mother Nature may present, or how every law on Earth may not be on our side - even if one is an experienced Senior Check Airman.  

These aspects apply to every single pilot.
No matter how elementary.
History has proven this.

Please stay tuned, keep reviewing, learning, and promote learning!  It will safe your life and those on board.. and make flying fun in the process.

Safe takeoffs, skies, and landings!

Jeremy D. Carlisle


  1. Hi Jeremy!
    Good stuff! I agree with your wise Israeli captain: no matter what level we are, we never stop learning!

    I was just commenting to my FO today in the Airbus that I've been on the plane for 20 years, and I still learn something new every day!

    And I also agree that just because the autopilot is on that doesn't mean our brain has switched off. It's like the cruise control in the car. It doesn't drive for you!

    Best of luck in your training!

    1. Thank you so much, Cap'n!

      I like the conversation between you and your FO. Especially the Airbus, and its automation - definitely a daily learning experience. Also, I love your analogy in with the cruise control which, believe it or not, which I've only used maybe once since I was 15 and driving.

      Once again, thank you so much Eric for your retweet, stopping by, the comments, and your wish. Studying hard here!

  2. Jeremy, Excellent post. I think if we could all learn one thing in our career...this would be it. We must remain humble and open to ideas and lessons that are around us daily. Never thinking we know it all. Each phase is a lesson to learn.

    1. You are very right, this message is the key to a successful flying career. Despite what people think they know, no one knows it all. That's why we are always learning. Hope you had a great flight! Rest well and we shall be in touch.


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