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    Fifty Years of Flying Insights

    Since soloing on my sixteenth birthday and continuing as an active pilot for more than fifty years, I have flown everything from jets to Cubs. Along the way, I gained some valuable insights into becoming a better and safer pilot. In addition to being a professional pilot, I was also an active flight instructor for more than 40 years, having given more than 8,000 hours of flight instruction. This book shares many of the lessons I learned over the years, often through interesting anecdotes from my flying and instructing experiences.

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    In the top box, enter the person's name you wish to use for the inscription. I will add a generic inscription, "Always fly like your life depends on it!" unless you enter an optional custom inscription in the lower box. The price of the book is $14.99 plus $4.50 shipping and handling for addresses in the continental U.S. Books shipped to New York State addresses will also be charged sales tax. Please allow up to three weeks for your book to arrive. Orders are handled securely by PayPal.

  • Vectors for Safety

    October 19, 2019
    by Gene Benson Sometimes being startled can be fun. Sometimes people pay good money to be startled such as watching a horror movie or visiting a haunted house at Halloween. Other times, such as when flying, being startled is no fun at all. The sudden loss of engine power soon after takeoff, an...
    By Gene Benson We pilots show a face of confidence. Our personas exude competence in our well-honed skill and knowledge relating to all things aviation. That is largely out of necessity. A passenger might be reluctant to climb into our airplane if we said, “There is a bit of a crosswind today....
    August 20, 2019
    By Gene Benson   One of the most difficult things for us humans to do is to admit that we were wrong. It’s not a personal flaw. We are genetically wired that way. We often refer to the phenomenon in the behavioral sciences as confirmation bias. Once we make a decision, especially an important one...
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    Call the Ball online course

    Call the Ball - Making Better and Safer Approaches and Landings

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    Navy Carrier Pilots are challenged by some of the most difficult approaches and landings known to aviation. Wouldn't it be nice if each time we landed there were a Landing Signal Officer (LSO) guiding us down, verbally coaching our approach and giving instructions on whether we were too low or slightly left of course? Or perhaps a "wave off" to let us know when we should perform a go-around? The truth is that you don’t need an LSO to make safe and successful approaches and landings. By applying the concepts, procedures and best practices used by military pilots and the airlines, you can make great landings too! Take this free online course to learn how to make better and safer approaches and landings. The course is available for desktop, and laptop computers as well as most mobile devices.

    The course will require approximately one hour to complete. At the end of the course, a brief quiz will be presented.

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    Help! My Brain is Trying to Kill me

    Earn the coveted Basic Knowledge-1 Wings Credit

    This online course examines how our unconscious mind often plays an important, and not always helpful, role in our decision making. Several psychological concepts such as heuristics and cognitive biases are discussed in a way designed to provide a practical understanding of how they affect our aeronautical decision making. Some practical mitigation strategies are also presented.

    The course will require approximately one hour, fifteen minutes to complete. A quiz is presented at the end of the course. Successful completion of the quiz is required to receive Wings credit for the course. The course is valid for one Basic Knowledge-1 credit.

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    Urgent Decision Making - Training the Unconscious Mind

    This course is not valid for FAA Wings credit.

    This online course explores the science behind making better decisions when seconds count. Practical ways to improve our urgent decision making are presented. The course can be completed in less than one hour.

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    Effective Error Reduction Strategies for Mission-Critical Industries

    Errors are part of our humanness but we can reduce human error by applying our understanding of error causal factors. I can assess your operations, make recommendations, and develop a comprehensive program for error reduction. Reducing the number of human errors reduces waste, increases productivity and enhances safety.

    Event Speaker

    Whether you need a keynote speaker, a seminar leader, workshop facilitator, or simply a humorous talk about my experiences in the aviation industry, I can help. I have done hundreds of live speaking engagements. My style is dynamic and high energy. Nobody will be snoozing.

     

    My experience includes five consecutive years as a speaker at the NBAA annual convention, speaker at the National Safety Forum, the TBMOPA convention, a regional convention of the International 99's, plus hundreds of local FAA Safety Seminars throughout the Eastern U.S.

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    I have extensive experience is delivering high quality programs remotely. I have presented more than 500 webinars and remote speaking events on a variety of topics. Attendees can view from wherever they need to be or the presentation can be viewed by a large audience at a single venue. Or, groups at diverse locations can view simultaneously. Just about anything is possible with today's technology. I can handle the technical parts and you can save substantially on the cost.

    Books by Gene Benson

    Author

    My passion for human factors as they relate to reducing errors, especially in aviation, has led me to writing. I recently published a book I have been working on for more than a year. Titled, "50 Years of Flying Insights," I attempted to share some of the things I have learned during my flying and flight instructing career. I included many anecdotes along with the lessons I learned through them.

     

    I have also written many articles over the years and I am in the process of collecting my favorites and publishing them in the form of e-books. Please click the button below to see the books on Amazon.

    Safety Initiative

    I have resumed my safety initiative that I operated from 2004 through 2016. I took two years off but I'm back with renewed energy. Though the main focus will continue to be on aviation, I am expanding the initiative into areas of everyday life such as driving.

     

    Check out my blog in the "Vectors for Safety" section of this website.

     

    It will take me a little while to get the Safety Initiative fully up and running. Please check back often.

  • About Me

    I am passionate about helping people to be better and safer.

    I spent more than 40 years in the aviation industry and have accumulated more than 15,000 accident/incident free flying hours. I have flown everything from Cubs to jets and have taught hundreds of people to fly and earn advanced ratings. I piggybacked my aviation career on my academic education in psychology and education. I helped in the development of Crew Resource Management from its inception to the successful systems we have today. For the last ten years, I have worked with various industries to adapt successful airline procedures to other mission-critical operations.

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