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Aviation Decision Making

Proficient Airmanship

Pilots need to develop characteristics that will enable them to function professionally, safely and with confidence in the flight environment they operate in. They will need to recognize certain human properties and be able to deal with it. Medical conditions can influence the performance of the pilot so he/she needs some understanding of the most common issues.

Aircraft communications are accomplished using defined procedures developed by ICAO, this enhances safety and prevents unnecessary delays. Especially when aircraft might be in trouble for what ever reason. We take a look at those procedures and services.

Airmanship Sections



Airmanship Sections

Proficient airmanship is defined as:
"Airmanship is the consistent use of good judgment and well-developed skills to accomplish flight objectives. This consistency is founded on a cornerstone of uncompromising flight discipline and is developed through systematic skill acquisition and proficiency. A high state of situational awareness completes the airmanship picture and is obtained through knowledge of one’s self, aircraft, environment, team and risk.", Kern, T. (1996, Redefining Airmanship).

This is something every pilot should adhere to and there is really nothing we could add this statement!

Decision Making Process

Making the right decision as a pilot encompasses a number of character traits which should all be in balance, most of the time, without losing the personality of each individual person.

  • Aeronautical
  • Pilot Decision Making
  • Risk Assessment
  • Pilot Preflight

Aviation Human Factors

This sections talks about external medical, psychological factors and human fitness in general that may have a certain amount of influence on the performance of the pilot and crews.

  • Pilot Performance
  • Fitness to Fly
  • Human Ventilation
  • Altitude Effects
  • Pilot Fatigue
  • Situational Awareness

Flight Environment

Operating your aircraft filled with passengers safely in the flight environment requires great responsibility. As the pilot your are avoiding hazards by visual scanning and using aids like runway lights and markings assure the aircraft can be flown and landed safely.

  • Scanning & Illusions
  • Avoiding Hazards
  • Visual Lookout
  • VFR FLight Into IMC
  • Runway Lighting Aids
  • Airport Markings & Signs

Managing Flight Factors

What performance indicators should a pilot be aware off during the takeoff of an aircraft? On what basis should he decide to abort and stop on the runway without any hazard? Managing all the information the pilot receives and needs can be stressful during those critical phases of the flight.

  • Preparing for Takeoff
  • Climb to Cruise
  • Approach to Land
  • Situational Awareness
  • Aviation Risk Factors
  • Safety Equation

Radio Communications

Talking effectively with Air Traffic Control enhances the flow of aircraft and safety. Being able to handle radio problems and interference is important too as is knowing the current emergency procedures and radar services.

  • Aircraft Communications
  • Radio Interference
  • Communications Failure

Emergency Services

Hopefully never needed but should the unforeseen happen all kinds of services are available to any aircraft in distress to rescue its occupants.

  • Emergency Services
  • Search & Rescue
  • Distress & Urgency

Airplane Checkout

At some point in their flying career most pilots will transition to other aircraft. They will leave their basic trainer and go on and fly larger, more complex and sometimes higher performance aircraft. For those we have developed this section.

  • Aircraft Transitioning
  • High Performance Aircraft

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