We already know what VFR stands for, visual flight rules, but what is Special VFR? First, let’s recap, visual flight rules (VFR) is a set of rules under which a pilot operates an aircraft in generally fair weather where the pilot can clearly see where the plane is going. Generally, the basic VFR minimums are, visibility should be at least 3 statute miles and distance from clouds should be 500ft below, 1000ft above, and 2000ft horizontal. So, what’s the difference between basic VFR and Special VFR? What makes it so special?

Pilots need to have great self-awareness; they need to understand what they’re capable of. Each flight is different, so while pilots do a thorough check of their aircraft, they must also evaluate their fitness for the flight. They must create a checklist to help them understand if whether or not they are prepared for that specific flight. They have checklists for everything and for this particular assessment they have the I’M SAFE checklist to fully understand their capabilities for flight.

It’s not easy being a pilot, one mistake and it’s game over. Studies have shown that certain attitudes can interfere with a pilot’s better judgment and they are called “hazardous” attitudes for a reason. What makes them a real issue is that sometimes these attitudes are part of someone’s personality and that is not something a person can easily shake off. That is why pilots are incredible people because not only do they study and train hard for their career, they also need to have great self-control and the ability to change major aspects of their personalities to become better pilots. So what are the 5 hazardous attitudes that if not addressed will make a bad pilot?