Flying by the Seat Powell's Pants?

Flying with a Plan

To descend from 20,000 feet to 10,000 feet, a disciplined pilot follows a plan that allows for stabilizing changes in the timing:

Flying by the Seat of Your Pants

What would someone who flies by feel–what pilots call “flying by the seat of your pants”–do?


The pilot with a plan makes stable adjustments to the timing. The plane levels off at the new target altitude. It doesn’t matter if it gets there a bit sooner or later.

The pilot flying by the seat-of-the-pants makes unstable adjustments to the throttles. The plane busts through 10,000 feet, descending at a rate of thousands of feet per minute. Hijinks ensue.

Who’s Flying the Fed?

Today, Jay Powell will show us what type of pilot he is.

The indications are not good. We’ll know within minutes.