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More up-to-date thinking has given us much improved facilities on the aircraft and Crew Resource Management CRM At the very least CRM is intended to ensure that the Pilot receives information and advice from not only the other crewmembers but also from external sources such as ATC and FSS A fundamental element will also be that wherever possible adherence to SOPs will enhance safety CRM may also incorporate delegating the aircraft handling functions under many circumstances as well as utilizing as much as possible of the aircraft avionics However this will often result in a conflict because the SOPs say that handling should be done by the Pilot in Charge but good CRM indicates it should be delegated to the other pilot as a lower priority task A question which is often lacking in some CRM courses however is how to determine when the situation has become serious enough to warrant this delegation ie when to abandon the basic SOP allocation of duties because it does not give the pilot-in- charge the opportunity to resolve the bigger problems At the same time of course the CRM training emphasizes the need to stick to SOPs In many of the events used as examples for CRM training a fairly dramatic event is used to illustrate the benefits of what is being advocated However in many real world accident and incident scenarios it is evident that a gradual breakdown of ability to see the overall picture has occurred as successive minor events pile up This frequently overwhelms the pilots ability to determine that a break point has been reached where this transfer and departure from the basic SOP has really become essential To protect against this situation it would be necessary to have the delegation achieved before the degradation sequence starts and the inevitable deterioration of judgement under pressure occurs In fact this is eminently logical if delegation provides a better way of managing situations which
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