We all know the drill. If it’s Thursday, it must be hydraulic failures and no-flap landings. Same simulator session, different day last year, this year, next year. Every 12 months, or less, it’s back to the schoolhouse to review the nuances of all our aircraft’s systems, to run through the perfunctory weight and balance and performance computations, to hone our piloting skills during one-engine-inoperative emergencies. There are wind-shear encounters, an occasional blown ...

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