The first sub-section of Books, Box, Brief, is called, “Books.” As I mentioned before, we will begin this section off by saying:
This statement primes the crew to get ready to do three things:
Making sure we get the QRH out and on the table is a great way to make sure that we don’t forget to use it! This becomes all the more important nowadays since most of us are dealing with electronic documents. Because they are virtual rather than physical, it’s easy to forget they even exist, especially when your brain is occupied with other stuff.
In the Airbus, the ECAM’s STATUS page displays a wealth of valuable information, such as:
You may remember that we’ve already looked at the Status page during the initial processing of the ECAM. However, now that we’re actively preparing for the approach, it makes sense to review this information once more, to refresh and confirm our understanding. But, unfortunately, the Status page is a bloody hassle to get through. With a crappy layout and a surplus of information barfed onto the screen, most pilots find it cluttered, confusing, and unclear. It’s precisely what you don’t want to deal with while dealing with an emergency, and this causes most pilots to rush through it on their way to the other stuff, without developing nor sharing, a full understanding.
But if you know what to look for, and how to look at it, the STATUS page can help you to better understand the aircraft’s current situation. Once again, what’s needed is a more deliberate, step-by-step manner in which to process the information presented to us.
Let me show you how a professional looks at the STATUS page.
Once you spend enough time on the Airbus, you’ll come to understand that not everything on the STATUS page is of equal importance. What you need is a quick way to extract the most important stuff.
And guess what?
I’ve got one.
While there’s a lot of information here, it’s rare that you’ll need to use it all. However, it’s important to understand to know how to use it. Just go through the STATUS page using FROG BAC and you’ll start to see just how to pick out the important stuff.
I recommend using FROG BAC in the following two ways.
This is an effective way to extract what’s essential and helps to organise your thoughts, all of which makes the creation and sharing of a shared mental model, easier and more natural.
So remember, in the Books sub-section, we do three things:
The next subsection is titled “Box”, and it’s pretty self-explanatory. Just get the FMS set up correctly!
Now, with the Books and Box sub-sections complete, let’s take a look at how to make an effective Briefing.