How pilots avoid workload overload

Being overloaded makes humans do funny things. Our focus narrows on the task at hand, tunnel vision sets in and it becomes difficult to notice other things. Our brain shuts out other senses and our hearing is the first to go.

Have you been driving your car on the motorway in heavy rain, only to realise minutes later that your indicator was flashing away? In hindsight, it was obvious that it was still flashing, but due to being so focused on the road ahead, you missed this obvious sign.

Pilots are not immune to these human reactions. We, too, suffer from the same physiological responses with the onset of stress. However, as part of our training, we are made acutely aware of the dangers and learn to process to deal with them.

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