To quote editor Tom Haines in the June edition of AOPA Pilot, “the Model Code of Conduct succinctly brings together the knowledge of an experienced group of aviators. Benefits include encouraging the development and adoption of good judgment and ethical behavior.
“A code of conduct in and of itself, of course, will never prevent an accident- unless the code causes a pilot to take a positive action that he otherwise might not. What if, for example, the pilot who attempted to roll his Beech Baron with a load of passengers had thought about prudent operating practices; aspiring to professionalism;
“The Aviators Model Code of Conduct, including the new Code for Flight Instructors published this spring, bills itself as ‘a vision of excellence for aviators.’ The code has seven sections, each containing principles and sample recommended practices. The principles under general responsibility of instructors, for example, include: make safety the number one priority, demonstrate excellent in airmanship, and aspire to professionalism.”
“Pilot’s and their passengers’ safety comes as a direct result of their conduct. Their conduct is usually learned and assimilated from their flight instructors. It is our responsibility as instructors to accept nothing less than conduct of good judgment and excellence. As a safety organization this is exactly our objective.” said Radek Wyrzykowski the President of IMC Club.
As with risk management checklists and other such devices, the Flight Instructors Model Code of Conduct is not a panacea, but it is a thoughtfully produced document that helps instructors build in their students a framework for safe and enjoyable flying. Download your own copy at www.imcclubs.com. With a bit of reflection, you’ll quickly see how it will improve aviation instruction and students’ aviation experience.
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