Checklists are recognized as the backbone of aviation safety and standardization. They coordinate tasks, enhance safety and promote CRM. Used properly, a checklist can stop crew errors and lapses of memory. Problems can be solved. But if this tool is misused or ignored, even the simplest flight can end in an incident or accident. All pilots have used checklists many times, yet few pilots have been told what they really are or how to use them. You can almost hear the snickering. ...

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