We are currently living in the so-called information age. This is because the most important resource anyone can have is information. The internet happens to be the largest source of information we currently have and it covers almost every topic. Most companies, individuals, organizations, institutions and other groups have some kind of website where they share information about themselves, their interests and their areas of expertise. Since the internet does not have moderators to monitor all content posted online, there is currently a lot of misleading, fraudulent and even dangerous information publicly available.
As aviation is a highly sensitive business, it is extremely important to ensure that all information used by the industry’s employees is accurate. This can only be done by ensuring that your sources of information are reliable, professional and can be trusted. Pilots, engineers, flight attendants, air traffic controllers and other ground personnel need to stay abreast of national and international aviation issues. While getting the right national information can be a much simpler matter, the international issues may not be so simple.
Establishing reliable news and information channels on the Internet requires a lot of research. You need to compare what is presented on one website with other sources. This may include sending emails or even calling national aviation authorities in the affected countries. The national aviation organizations will provide you with the correct information in almost all cases. If you can confirm most of the information available on a particular website, you can consider it a reliable source.
However, with the internet it is important to constantly check information as some sources are good today and fail the credibility test the next day. Until a particular source has proven reliable over time, frequent checks and counter-checks should be performed. With rules and regulations constantly changing, it is important to ensure you have the latest and most accurate information.
Reliable news stations are another excellent source of aviation information. While they may not have extensive information, especially on what they consider to be minor issues, they keep you up to date on major aviation related events around the world. Depending on the reports indicated, you may need to confirm the story as sometimes mistakes are made by journalists when reporting.
As with all other professions, working as a pilot or in any other position in the aviation industry will require constant reading. Books are among the best and most reliable sources of aviation information. You will rarely find publishers who put out books that are misleading or contain inaccuracies. A reading professional is definitely a leading professional. With the right quality of information, all people working in the aviation industry can better serve their customers.
As a bush and aerial survey pilot. I went through the entire pilot training process from a Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating to a Commercial Pilot License.