Something is missing
This nagging feeling of having forgotten something can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the overall reliability of your memory. Personally, when I get this feeling, I rack my brain for a certain amount of time and, if that doesn’t work, I push it out of my mind. And THEN, after a couple of minutes, I remember! At least 34.7% of the time. The other 65.3% of the time, I remember when I’m already too far down the road or at my destination. But then I’m not responsible for piloting and aircraft, so a little hit and miss is okay.
A vital strategy of mine is to outsource my memory to paper or, more recently, to my phone. I have an app where I can manage to-do-lists on my phone and my computer and they are automatically synchronized. It’s great! In the olden times, I would have my paper-based lists, usually a big sheet of paper with a to-do-list for today, for later, for various projects, a shopping list, etc. etc. and every so often would have to write a new sheet and transfer the usually enormous amount of unchecked items. Things are so much better now!
Of course, if I don’t put “toothbrush” on that awesome electronic list, there’s a non-zero chance that I’ll actually forget to pack one, like on our last vacation trip, haha!
It’s this because Mike left all his stuff at the rc track only to realize it when he got all the way home?
I can relate to the “somethings missing”, that irritating feeling is awfull.
So, Chuck can do some decent landings after all. On the other hand, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. I had a situation some time ago when the tower commented my landing the same way Chucks ATCs did in a strip a while ago. “That was three for the price of one …!” – I felt so like Chuck did – I think.
Greetings from Hamburg, Germany
Julio performing the postflight-check. No findings.
He is pondering “I am afraid that something is missing…”
My personal experience:
Indeed, after identification of “something is missing”, synapses will keep on running. But without admitting it.
And then! Suddently! – Of course when it is about most unimportant context – Bling! Got it!
Oh great, thanks for nothing…
Well, he didn’t read back the frequency, which you normally should. But I guess for pilots at the home airfield, and when the frequency hasn’t changed in a long time, that’s ok. And talking on the wrong frequency usually isn’t very dangerous, only embarassing.
Bernd, It can be even worse. At LFPN, you are supposed to switch to ground yourself to announce « runway cleared », and get taxiing instructions – no message from controllers at all in this case. This procedure is documented in the specificities of this airfield.
At 105k moves/year, radio is busy (to give an idea, lfpg was at 200k moves/year before covid, but they have 2 tower and two ground frequencies)