reducing "Crew-caused"
approach and landing

Pilot-in-charge Monitored Approach

Why did you set up this site?

In late 2013 I was approached by pilots from an operator that had successfully used PicMA based procedures for decades in a very challenging environment.This operator had much exposure to low visibility landings. Their company had just been acquired by another, and new managers who were unfamiliar with the concept wished to impose a change to traditional  PF/PNF procedures.

The reason given was improved safety, on a stated basis that low level exchange of control had been shown to cause many accidents. However, when asked to provide examples it was admitted that the information was based on hearsay only, and no evidence was forthcoming to support it.  

It was particularly alarming that this change was said to be taking place with the full approval of the operator's regulatory authority.

In providing background information to these pilots, which caused this mistaken position to be reversed, I became aware that much of the background material to safe low visibility operations was in danger of being lost. It also became apparent that accidents and incidents due to factors that the procedure addresses continue to this day, and that no single organisation had ever brought together the three basic human factors aspects that the procedure addresses.  

This site has been set up to collate as much relevant material as possible into in a single easily accessible resource for use by any party concerned with air safety and the reduction of crew-caused accidents.