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34.2 Airmanship, Professionalism and Responsibility
34.2.2 Define professionalism in aviation.
34.2.4 Distinguish between piloting for personal reasons and for hire or reward.
34.2.6 List the people to whom a pilot is responsible in carrying out his or her duties.
34.2.8 Describe key features of good and safe airmanship.
Despite systems of licences and rules, the CAA has little control over what happens on any given flight. That is up to the pilot.
Most flights in this country, particularly in general aviation, occur without any direct oversight from CAA, or indeed any other regulating body or organisation.
The pilot's decision-making, skills and discipline are therefore the key to the successful and safe outcome of most flights - in short, the pilot's 'airmanship'.
It is very difficult to get a consensus among pilots about what the term airmanship actually means.