Good advice on advanced stalls. We teach these as part of the single-engine commercial certificate, but they're worthwhile for anyone flying light aircraft. I think I'm going to add more advanced stalls into my BFR flights. I particularly like the cross-controlled stall. If a pilot is good with their rudder coordination, it's hard to tell if their stall recovery technique is good, because they won't need to use the rudder to lift the falling wing. Not so with the cross-controlled stall!
This article has been making the rounds, and the truth is quite a bit different that CNN suggests. There is the suggestion that the pilots were so lost that in trying to get to Malaysia, they ended up in Melbourne. Not quite. The reality is they entered a typo into the inertial navigation system that wasn't fixable once airborne. The pilots failed to correct this issue on the ground by violating their standard operating procedures in myriad ways (not following checklists, not cross-checking FMS data with flight plan data, and ignoring cockpit warnings). You can read the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's report on the incident here. The First Officer says that he cross-checked the FMS with flight plan data, but I have to assume he's lying since the FMS data was, in fact, off by about 6,000 miles. Maybe when he says he cross-checked, he means he put the two side by side and said "flight plan checks." Kinda like when a student says "engine instruments in the green" during their takeoff roll without ever looking down.
What are we to take from this? The overwhelming majority of accidents are not from pilots having insufficient skill. Most accidents are caused by pilots not exercising good judgment. Just do the thing you already know to be right: slow down, use the checklists, take that go-around, taxi slower, whatever. When your day of reckoning comes, the thing that gets you in trouble won't come as a surprise to you. I promise.