The Learning Never Stops!

Aviation is complicated business, and it can be deadly if not undertaken with the right mindset. Our goal here at Code 7700 is to prepare you to avoid the day you will need to Squawk 7700, but if that day ever comes, to prepare you to deal with it competently.

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When I first heard the term “Safety Management System,” or SMS, I thought it was just another square filler thing that would make my life more difficult and not really impact safety at all. And then something unexpected happened. SMS proved not only useful, but it made me a better and safer pilot. If you don't have an SMS or if you are using it to fill some squares, it's time to fix all that.
Safety Management System Primer

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Our Previous Update:

There are many things we professional aviators hold sacred. We have so many commandments that we must follow, it might be helpful to list “the” ten commandments for aviators, but there are far more than ten. Just looking at the last two years at smaller or older business jets, we might be able to see a trend. I examine nine accidents from the last two years and find that each violates one of those commandments, and that each may violate a tenth.
Ten Commandments of Aviation

Another Previous Update

I used to proudly proclaim the reliability of my previous aircraft exactly as given in the Gulfstream sales brochures: “the G450’s dispatch reliability rate is 99.7 percent.” I just assumed that was true. But when my current aircraft had temporary fleetwide restrictions placed on it for anti-icing and later for the impact of winds on the fly-by-wire system, none of those missed trips counted against the aircraft’s record. They were weather problems, you see, not aircraft problems. If you judge your actions based on probabilities measured by decimal points beyond 99, you might be accepting more risk than you should.
Aircraft Reliability

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The Brothers Bellum

Three brothers and the last air campaign of the Vietnam War.

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