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The Human Startle Response and Managing Unexpected Events
Best Practices Regarding Techniques for Managing Inappropriate Responses to Unexpected Events
Date and Time:
Thursday, December 14, 2017, starting at 19:00 Eastern Standard Time Download Calendar File
Robert Breaux, FAASTeam Lead Rep
Brief Description:

This 2-hour presentation acquaints the audience with the human startle response and discusses best practices regarding management of unexpected events.  The study of the startle response is a relatively new endeavor in accidnt prevention and analysis, and is thought to be a contributing human factor in many accidents and incidents.  Come see what startle response is all about and learn wat you can do to control it in the cockpit!

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Location of Seminar:
Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)
365 Rickenbacker Dr.

Orlando, FL 32802
Directions to Venue:

From Colonial Drive turn south on Rickenbacker Dr. Continue through the Fairgreen St intersection to the end of Rickenbacker Dr. and into the parking lot. Park in any available designated spot. Walk east to the Airport Administration Building.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
100 seats at the facility, 56 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Seminar has passed.
Sponsoring Division:
Orlando FSDO FAA Safety Team
Contact Information:
Robert Breaux
Phone: (407) 644-4298
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

In preparation for attending, please visit the Orlando Executive Airport FAASTeam Library web site: http://www.fsr-inc.org/FAAST/Seminar/Notice.aspx

Thanks to our speaker Robert Breaux, FAASTeam. Thanks also to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) for use of their Administrative Offices. Thanks to FAASTeam Reps David Conrad for door prizes and Jim Porter for set up and registration.

Special thanks to FPM Robert Jex for materials used in this presentation from GAJSC

The FAA and industry are conducting a public education campaign emphasizing best practices regarding techniques for management of unexpected events.

Fatal general aviation accidents often result from inappropriate responses to unexpected events.  Loss of aircraft control is a common factor in accidents that would have been survivable if control had been maintained throughout the emergency.  In some cases pilot skill and knowledge have not been sufficiently developed to prepare for the emergency while in others it seems that an initial inappropriate reaction began a chain of events that led to disaster. 

The following are of particular concern:

• Unexpected events – especially those occurring close to the ground – require rapid appropriate action.
• Startle response can delay action or precipitate inappropriate action.
• Encourage pilots and CFIs to train and plan for emergencies.
   o Review and practice “what if” scenarios.
   o Vocalize takeoff, approach, and landing expectations.
   o Aircraft configuration, airspeed, altitude and route
   o Emergency options

The individual pilot remains the critical factor in accident reduction, with both the ultimate responsibility and the ultimate opportunity to reduce these needless accidents through ongoing education, flight currency, self-assessment, and vigilant situational awareness in the cockpit.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
Advanced WINGS
1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 1
FAASTeam Project Information:
NPP14 GAJSC Topic of the Month
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