/Proficient Airmanship

Aviation Decision Making

Proficient Airmanship

Pilots need to have a certain personality and 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.
Also, certain medical conditions can influence the performance of the pilot so he/she needs some understanding of the most common issues.

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 too 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 Judgement
  • 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. Being able to recognize these is very important.

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

Flight Environment

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

  • Scanning & Illusions
  • Avoiding Hazards
  • Visual Lookout
  • Runway Lighting Aids
  • Airport Markings & Signs
  • High Risk Situations
  • VFR Flight Into IMC
  • Stall Spin Manoeuvre

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 undue 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

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 pilots we have developed this section.

  • Aircraft Transitioning
  • High Performance Aircraft

Written by EAI.

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