Life is full of decisions. Some (e.g., deciding what to wear to work) are so routine that we are hardly aware of making them. Others (e.g., changing jobs) take more effort because they have significant and lasting implications.
Flying is also full of decisions. Many appear to be routine, but even “small” decisions made in the cockpit can have a large impact on flight safety. Good aeronautical decision-making (ADM) is therefore an essential pilot skill.
This course offers a practical framework to help you develop this vital pilot skill and use it to stay safe in all of your flying activities. After completing the course, you will have a chance to practice with the flight scenarios that appear in Chapter 7.
This is an advanced course with complex scenarios. Many pilots, especially new or low time pilots, will prefer taking course ALC-62, Aeronautical Decision Making for VFR Pilots.
At the end of the course is a short exam drawn primarily from these scenarios. The point of the exam is to give you a chance to practice making decisions about flight scenarios. Just as in the real world, there may not always be a single “right” answer to exam questions. If your answer differs, you may want to discuss some of the questions and answers with a flight instructor or another pilot. The most important thing is to understand how, and why, you reached the answer you provided.
Chapter 1 What is aeronautical Decision-Making?
Chapter 2 The 3-P Model for ADM
Chapter 3 Perceive
Chapter 4 Process
Chapter 5 Perform
Chapter 6 ADM and Human Limitations
Chapter 7 Flight Scenarios
To receive appropriate course credit for this course you must:
Have an account on FAASafety.gov
Be logged into that account
Be enrolled in the course
You must visit each chapter of the course, using the navigation bars at the top or bottom of each screen, and complete all the course material found on each.
Some links may take you to other sites or open windows on top of the course window. You will need to return to this course on FAASafety.gov to complete the exam. This might be as simple as closing all the additional windows. However, you may find it necessary to return to FAASafety.gov, log in again, and then "continue" the course from the Course List.
Upon completion of the review section the button will turn blue indicating you are ready to start the examination. Upon successful completion of the exam you are given the appropriate course credit automatically.