Flying a plane — like riding a bike 30,000ft in the air?

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“Extended absence of a significant number of flight deck crew can lead to diminished skills, less effective situational awareness and can lead to deviation from standard operating procedures” — IATA Airlines Group

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“Because I had not flown in a few months, I was rusty. I felt that my recollection was strong enough, but in reality I should have taken some time to review the standard operating procedures.” — The first officer who forgot to activate the anti-icing mechanism

“The key to flying safely is frequency. “You are not as sharp if you haven’t flown for a while.” — Richard G. McSpadden Jr., senior vice president at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn.’s Air Safety Institute

“Contributing factors included light turbulence requiring constant power adjustments. “Also, lack of recent flight time due to taking leave — this was my first approach/landing in a number of weeks on top of very limited flight time in the past six months.” — First officer who required 3 tries to land a plane in windy conditions

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