Being present in the moment takes effort.
Being a pilot is not just about flying airplanes. Being a pilot is about living a philosophy that prepares you for moments in the air when your reaction is the difference between life and death. There will always be those pilots that simply survive yet never thrive, but there are pilots that continually consume the world around them.
A Good Pilot will flourish and find their happy place even when the worst happens. This concept of insight is the original of what is called “situational awareness.” Being present in the moment takes effort, but it’s not hard. You just have to step your mind up one level from seeing to observing. It’s all about noticing the nuances.
Every emergency, both simulated and real, have better outcomes if pilots are able to open up their field of input to receive all the information coming in – which is contrary to natural human instinct. In stressful situations, human beings narrow their focus and often block out other important information, which gives them a tunnel vision of the situation.
Our actions are driven by goals. To help us act to achieve our goals, we use our mental models to anticipate the outcome of our action. The more we anticipate accurately, the more efficient we become in our tasks, the more energy we save, and the more we can preserve resources for unexpected situations.
It is imperative to have an accurate understanding of what is happening around you and what is likely to happen in the near future. Situational awareness includes three processes:
- The perception of what is happening
- The understanding of what has been perceived
- The use of what is understood to think ahead
There are interesting reads on Situational Awareness and further in detail relating to Aviation.
“Your every action has a consequence, make sure it is one you intend.”