Why October 30?
On October 30, 1935 a mishap happened — an airplane crash — that led to the use of checklists by pilots. A prototype for the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crashed during takeoff at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. The cause of the crash was a gust lock that was still engaged. After the crash, a group of pilots looked for a way to present “pilot error” mishaps.
Checklists were the answer. The pilots developed checklists for take,off, in-flight, pre-landing, and post-landing.
Boeing then delivered 12 Flying Fortresses that flew 1.8 million miles with no mishaps.
Checklists Day — explained by it’s sponsor
“Checklists Day is an opportunity to appreciate the value of using checklists to help avoid tragedy and disappointments and to take advantage of opportunities. Checklists are a great way to take care of things so that you’ll have peace of mind. They are a perfect place to add a note about something you don’t want to forget the next time you do something.”
Sponsor’s website, click here:
Checklist Manifesto — a great book praising checklists
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande.
Dull Men like checklists.
This book explains the virtues of checklists.
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