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Author: Susan Parson Date: April 2005
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There is a lot of talk these days about the need to incorporate risk management concepts and principles into flight training. Most flight instructors would agree that we should minimize the risk inherent in flying. But what does "safety" really mean? What exactly is "risk management?" How can a flight instructor not only ensure the safety of flight training, but also train clients in all stages of training to manage risk after they leave the relatively protected flight training environment?

As an active part-time flight instructor, a Civil Air Patrol instructor and check pilot, and (since May 2004) a full-time employee of the FAA's General Aviation and Commercial Division (AFS-800 in "FAA-speak"), I have been thinking a lot about these issues lately. One of the results of the ongoing process of thinking, talking, and testing practical risk management training materials is Volume 2 (http://www.faa.gov/education_research/tr. . .g/flight_instructor/media/Volume2.pdf) of the FAA's three Flight Instructor Refresher Course developer's guide modules, which is also accessible through the Online Resources section at www.faasafety.gov. (http://www.faasafety.gov) Volume 2 focuses on introducing the concepts of system safety and risk management as they appear in the formal literature on these topics.

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