Patrick Veillette, Ph.D.

Patrick Veillette, Ph.D.
When Your Only Engine Fails  40
Pilots of single-engine aircraft have long debated the “best” options for reacting to an engine failure after takeoff.
When In-Aircraft Training Kills  2
On June 24, 2006, a private pilot was receiving flight instruction in a Pilatus PC-12/47 at Big Timber, Montana's uncontrolled airport. Conditions for the departure from Runway 6 included winds at 17 kt. gusting to 23 kt. Witnesses said that the pilot had transmitted on CTAF with the intention of practicing a loss of engine power after takeoff, and turning 180 deg. to return to the airport. He and his instructor never made it back.
Single-Pilot CRM  3
How to master automation, communications, navigation, systems and the rest when you are a crew of one.
Managing Checklist Interruptions 
Many of the checklists designed for business aircraft are lengthy, especially when addressing critical phases of flight, and they can increase a pilot's workload, thereby detracting from the primary task of managing the aircraft's trajectory. The challenge becomes compounded whenever the list is temporarily halted for whatever reason.
Ground Prep Preferred 
Especially as a single pilot, organizing items you will need for the flight while still in the chocks or the planning room just makes good sense.
Flying Universal’s InSight Flight Deck  2
Universal Avionics' InSight Integrated Flight Deck system allowed the writer to instantly form a mental image of our proximity to terrain and obstacles.
Preparing For NextGen 
Despite the seemingly glacial-pace of air traffic management evolution, the FAA has begun upgrading its services and capabilities, including controller-pilot data link communications to help make the flow of traffic safer and more efficient.
Universal Origins 
The enduring innovation of Universal Avionics products is closely tied to its core characteristics of designed by pilots, and built by pilots for pilots.
Universal Avionics Factory Tour: Insight To Making Cockpit Electronics 
Going behind the scenes to see how much work is involved in creating an avionics product and bringing it to market gives one an appreciation and respect for the work of the designers, engineers and technicians who make this happen.
The Case For Crash-Resistant Fuel Tanks In Helicopters 
The post-crash fire threat in helicopters continues even though the fixes are known and well-proven. It’s past time to act.
NTSB: Helo Operators Need More Awareness Of Retrofit Kits 
The NTSB believes installing a crash-resistant fuel system into existing helicopters would help mitigate the safety risk of post-crash fires in survivable accidents. However, the board is concerned that owners and operators of FAR Part 27 and Part 29 helicopters may be unaware of retrofit kits to do just that.
Managing Monitors  7
Managing an aircraft flight path, along with its energy level, is a basic piloting responsibility. The professional pilot community has been told for decades about the importance of the stabilized approach. It has been a consistent message from aviation safety organizations around the world. And yet the problem of unstabilized approaches continues.
In-Flight Training Challenge  2
How best to train pilots to maintain command of an aircraft throughout its entire maneuvering envelope, in all weather conditions, and when subjected to equipment malfunctions? Using simulators is the most logical, and proven, response. But appropriate simulators aren't always available.
Recent Fatal Training Accidents  3
The consensus among industry contributors to an FAA Advisory Circular is that training should focus on preventing upsets rather than waiting to recover from one.
Simulators Vs. Airplanes 
Proponents of in-aircraft training point out that limitations in a simulator's motion cueing, combined with the reduced emotional involvement of those in the seats, prevent pilots from experiencing the full range of airplane attitudes, load factors and behavior that can be present during an actual flight.
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