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ALC-408: ADM for LTA Free Balloons
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Introduction
Ominous morning FAAst.jpgAeronautical Decision-Making 

•Aeronautical decision-making (ADM) is a systematic approach to the mental process used by pilots to consistently determine the best course of action in response to a given set of circumstances. Learning effective ADM skills can help a pilot offset the one unchanging factor that remains despite all the changes in improved flight safety—the human factor. It is estimated that 90 percent of balloon accidents are human factors related.

 •ADM builds on the foundation of conventional decision-making, but enhances the process to decrease the probability of pilot error. ADM provides a structure to analyze changes that occur during a flight and determine how these changes might affect a flight’s safe outcome. This process includes identifying personal attitudes hazardous to safe flight, learning to recognize and cope with stress, developing risk assessment skills, and evaluating the effectiveness of one’s ADM skills.

•ADM builds on the foundation of conventional decision-making, but enhances the process to decrease the probability of pilot error. ADM provides a structure to analyze changes that occur during a flight and determine how these changes might affect a flight’s safe outcome. This process includes identifying personal attitudes hazardous to safe flight, learning to recognize and cope with stress, developing risk assessment skills, and evaluating the effectiveness of one’s ADM skills.

This course recognizes that weather is often a major factor in decisions made while flying balloons. The test scenarios all relate to the uncertainties of weather and the decisions made while evaluating the situations at a particular time in the flight cycle. All are from real experiences.

The general reference for this course if the FAA Publication FAA-H-8083-11A "Balloon Flying Handbook". Available as a download from the web at:
 http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/media/faa-h-8083-11.pdf