Aviate, navigate ... don’t ever stop aviating

July 12, 2013



Talbot Martin

  • Associate and CFI at Yodice Associates, and regularly counsels members of AOPA’s Legal Services Plan on a variety of issues including FAA enforcement aircraft accidents.

As one of the counselors working daily with members of the Legal Services Plan, I see certain patterns emerge. In addition to patterns, I see where law, policy, and flying skills meet safety. One of the most important patterns I have seen emerge relates to that old adage, “Aviate, navigate, communicate.” Your first duty is to fly the airplane, and that is codified in federal aviation regulation 91.3, “the pilot in command is directly responsible for … the operation of that aircraft.” This not only has legal ramifications, but safety ones as well.

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