That's fine if it helps you. But different peoples' brains are wired differently. Many are more visual or tactile than verbal. I would find talking distracting. I prefer pointing and touching.
My instrument instructor told me this many times. Brief the approach, double check things, go over the checklist, I'm a bit right of the ILS, just a nudge to the left, etc. etc. and say them outloud. At least for me it really helped.
This has been a training technique in military pilot training, at least for me it was and it works very well keeping you on track and focused on the tasks at hand.
I agree with the premise of 'vocalizing' checklists and briefings when flying single pilot as I do in a two crew situation. I also agree that doing so can also create distractions for some pilots, which is why some prefer a 'silent checklist' during certain phases of flight. In any event, normal procedures should be performed utilizing an efficient 'cockpit flow' that is performed consistently for each phase of flight, with the associated checklist items scripted to follow the flow. In this way, procedures can be accomplished with less head-down time and with less risk of omission. Do I really need to be opening up a checklist on final to be sure the gear is extended and flaps are positioned for landing??? No! It's just part of my flow - I spoke it outloud when I did it and will do so again when I confirm and announce 'before landing checks complete' just prior to touchdown. While I am clearly a fan of the 'say it while you do it' technique, I am also a fan of the 'point, touch, and hold' technique, which simply requires pointing at switches and gages while you are confirming position or indication, such as monitoring the engine start sequence, altitude preselect, flap position, etc.. I personally employ all of these techniques in my professional flying including pointing at the preselected altitude readout until I and the other pilot acknowledge it to be as assigned by ATC, and never remove
my hand from the gear lever until all indications confirm the gear has reached the selected position. Best advice - use your manufacturers checklist to create and script a cockpit flow that you will use during normal operations and then use the say it, point at it, touch it, hold it techniques to ensure that no critical item will be overlooked. Works for me in two crew corporate jets, so I know it will work in light GA aircraft as well!
I know from watching the TV series "Jetstream" that here in Canada air force F-18 students are encouraged to verbalize walkarounds, checklists, key systems operations and the other verbal shorthand they use in training as well s operational flying.
Seems like a great idea Pia, as long as you aren't arguing with yourself.
I heartily endorse requiring students to talk out loud from the beginning of their training — to include all checklists, and explanations of all procedures and manuvers. The airlines have a much better safety record than GA, and talking in the cockpit is one thing they do differently than most GA pilots. I believe that talking is one of the key reasons for this vastly better safety.
It may be next to impossible to get older pilots to start this method of safe flying, but all new starts should be taught this technique. Talking out loud, most especially when alone in the cockpit, sends a virtual breeze of fresh air thru our normally stagnant, fog bound brains.
However, mention this to this to anyone in the FAA, and you will likely get a look saying, "Are you crazy?"