The National Transportation Safety Board provided a brief update two days later:
As pilot-in-command we take on many roles:
- We’re responsible for thoroughly planning and masterfully conducting the flight.
- We are tasked with knowing the specific aircraft, its equipment and avionics to the level of an expert.
- We must be prepared to handle any procedure or technique the regulations, or the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH), or any of their international equivalents, can throw at us in any foreseeable normal, abnormal or emergency condition.E
- Equally important, we assume responsibility for taking care of our passengers… and for protecting them, and ourselves, from hazards that arise from their lack of familiarity with aircraft.
After completing this cabin and passenger/baggage motion study, brief your passengers on specific places for their belongings in the cabin. Advise them where to step and hold on, and where not to step or grab. Point out specific things to avoid - controls, latches, power controls… and fuel controls.
What do you command when you accept responsibility as pilot-in-command?