Are you SAFE?
A risk management idea provided by Yorkton Aircraft Service Ltd.
Use the acronym I.M.S.A.F.E. as a way toassess the pilot's condition before flight.
Let's look at each of the letters individually.
I = Illnesses.
Do you have any illnesses, a cold, or severe allergies that would inhibit your decision-making capabilities or motor skills? If you do, you probably should not be flying.
M = Medications.
Are you taking any prescription or non-prescription medication? Do they have side effects? No side effects on the ground, doesn't mean they won't react to altitude changes, does it?
S = Stress.
Are you under any kind of stress? Are you fighting for the best fields, fighting for acres? Did you just lose your girlfriend, are you going through a divorce, do you have an extremely sick child? If so, you should not be flying, as your mind will not be focused on the tasks at hand.
A = Alcohol.
How long has it been since you had your last drink? Remember the eight-hour bottle-to-throttle rule. In addition to that don't forget the 0.04% blood alcohol content. Even though it has been longer than eight hours since your last drink, depending on how much and what you drank, your blood alcohol level may still be higher than 0.04%. And I don't know about you, but I don't even want to walk with a hangover let alone do something like fly.
F = Fatigue.
Were you up early and worked all day and now you're planning a three-hour flight at 0-dark-30? Were you awake all night tossing and turning? Are you really as sharp as you could be?
E = Emotions/Eating.
Are you mad because you just had a fight with your boss? When was the last time you ate? The combination of being low on hydration and having low blood-sugar levels can set you up for extremely poor performance.
(Source: Condensed fromAviation Web Magazine,July 2003 article by Chuck Matheson)
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