Retired Delta Captain Will Rondeau presented on Standard Operating Procedures for the February Chapter meeting. Will, an EAA863 chapter member, works with the EAA and MTSU developing course work regarding general aviation safety.
Safety, it is the goal of all pilots. Will says he is passionate about safety and wants all pilots to continue to be safe on all of their flights. Will states, “General Aviation needs Standard Operating Procedures.” Will presented his most recent work, the “EAA Flight Instructor Refresh Course”. Will commented that his motivation stems from the fact that “everything a pilot does is procedural.” Historically, SOP’s are developed in response to an accident. Since this is reactive, Will wants to enhance pilot’s safety. Will provided examples of accidents, including Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 which crashed on approach to Miami International in 1972. EAL flight 401 developed several things including redundancy on indicator light bulbs as well as which pilot flies the airplane and which completes the checklists during an emergency.
“Everything a pilot does is procedural”Will Rondeau
During Will’s career he encountered a few emergencies. But more importantly, he followed his procedural checklist on each and every flight. “Fuel is the most important aircraft system,” states Will. “I checked every hour on the hour, during my flights.” Fuel is important because without fuel the aircraft engines cannot continue to run. Will stated that without enough fuel, your alternate airport options become limited. Checking the fuel remaining is important. Fuel exhaustion remains as a top cause of single engine aircraft failure, according to Mithoff Law. Awareness of the fuel system will deter this causal problem.
Will is a passionate aviator who enjoys flying and discussing safety related issues. Will’s mission is simple: he wants every pilot to be safe on their flights and develop their own standard operating procedures. Will states that the commercial aviation system is built on SOPs and that GA pilots can look to the commercial SOPs as a baseline. Indeed, a good pilot is always learning. EAA863 thanks Will for his work and leadership on safety. For more information, check out Will’s website at www.captainwillrondeau.com. EAA863 members had a great time during the chapter meeting.