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TIME IS MONEY, BUT SAFETY BUYS TIME.

The commodity cargo pilots sell is time and delivery. Compared to commercial pilots who haul passengers, a smart cargo pilot has more latitude for shaving off minutes and seconds without impacting safety. The boxes won't complain if a turn is a bit steep or if the descent rate in a non-pressurized aircraft is uncomfortable. This is not permission to shortcut procedures, but creates opportunities to be more efficient. A cargo pilot will be thanked for efficient departures, flight paths that take full advantage of winds aloft and minimal time-wasting on the ground.

"Get-there-it is built into the cargo dog's life. Your employer makes a living off pilots who don't just get there, but get there on time," said DeLong. "The key is balancing pressure with good judgment. We all know good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." That may be an old cliche, but DeLong has survived 50 years of cargo dog experience. His insights, gathered over a lifetime, apply to all pilots since they face the same risks--cargo pilots simply have more exposure due to the amount of flying they do.

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Title Annotation:RISK MANAGEMENT
Publication:Aviation Safety
Date:Feb 1, 2018
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