What sounded like a great idea at the beginning of a 12-day-trip, was looking pretty bleak on the last day when I missed my commuter flight to OKC and the next flight left 4 hours later. I watched the Seattle flight depart and told myself, “It’s a good thing I honor my word, or I would be on that flight home.” Instead, the hours rolled into a 22-hour day.
Operating on 5 hours of sleep, my alarm rang as I was getting picked up at 630 for my adventure at the FAA training center.
What was I getting into? I had no idea.
However, I am so glad that I went!
There are studies going on behind the scenes that impact us all. While I can’t tell you specifically what we did, I can tell you I did more approaches in four hours than I have in a year on my plane. This study tested decision-making, and that’s all I’m going to say in the event that you’re a pilot and want to partake. I found it fascinating, on so many levels.
What I will say is I would highly recommend you getting your name on the list of volunteers. The $400, $99 perdiem, plus hotel expense, was an added plus. The testing is deidentified. Non-threatening. Non-actionable. Not only will the data be used for new technologies, procedures, and standards, but this testing can provide insight into your thought process.
Like all tests, I learned a lot. I participated in a good thing, and everyone was accommodating to get us out on the next day to make our flights home. A great group of guys organizing, participating and discussing from every aspect of the decision making process.
If you would like to be part of this, or future studies, and you fly an Airbus or B737, please contact:
Brian Townsend at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Derric Hedrick at: Derric.CTR.Hedrick@faa.gov
Tell them what position you fly, for what airline, and on which aircraft type. You'll be glad you did.
If you want to be an extra in Flight For Control the movie...
send an email to
Enjoy the Journey!