Brad Pierce: OK, the bird looks good. It looks absolutely great
to fly right now. Hi everybody. I’m Raquel Rodriguez
with NBAA TV. Right now we’re 15,000 feet
up in the air, taking a closer look and how
single pilots navigate the skies. VO: It first begins on the ground. Just checking all of the
leading edge of the wing here, all the surfaces…. All is looking good here. VO: Brad Pearce, the president of
Restaurant Equipment World, uses his Cirrus SR22 Turbo
all the time for business. So much so, that he’s getting ready to transition into the
Cirrus Vision Jet SF50. Pierce: So the aircraft is
a vital tool in my business. It’s like a forklift
in my warehouse. It’s a tool that I use
to get business done. Since the beginning of this year I’ve flown my aircraft on
125 flights for business. VO: Safety though is still
his number one concern. We don’t skimp on training. We don’t skimp on maintenance. We don’t skimp on buying
the absolute best aircraft. Pierce: As a single pilot,
I rely heavily on automation. So many of the systems in
modern-day aircraft are automated that I’m able to utilize the
Garmin avionics system here and it tells me a lot of the information.
It monitors things that make my workload as a pilot
much easier. VO: According to the NBAA-BACE
Single-Pilot Safety Standdown session There were 1,982 single-pilot business
aviation accidents and incidents from 2010 to 2017. Pierce: We see people
get into trouble when they push themselves, When they’re not quite ready
to be at that level yet. VO: Pierce says nowadays
with all the automated systems, flying single-pilot is
dramatically safer. Pierce: The airplane is flying itself. The autopilot is doing all of the work.
You’re really in a role almost just as a co-pilot,
monitoring the systems and ensuring that all the
systems are doing precisely what you told them to do. To find more resources on
business aviation safety, go to NBAA.org/ops/safety. For NBAA TV, I’m Raquel Rodriguez.