Aeronautical Decision Making for Helicopter Pilots
SYSTEMS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY INC ARLINGTON VA
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Aviation accident data indicate that the majority of aircraft mishaps are due to judgment errors. This training manual is part of a project to develop materials and techniques to help improve pilot decision making. Training programs using prototype versions of these materials have demonstrated substantial reductions in pilot error rates. The results of such tests were statistically significant and ranged from approximately 10 to 50 fewer mistakes. This manual is designed to explain the risks associated with helicopter flying activities, the underlying behavioral causes of typical accidents, and the effects of stress on pilot decision making. It provides a means for the individual pilot to develop an Attitude Profile through a self- assessment inventory and provides detailed explanations of pre-flight and in- flight stress management techniques. The assumption is that pilots receiving this training will develop a positive attitude toward safety and the ability to effectively manage stress while recognizing and avoiding unnecessary risk. The examples used are taken from real accident and incident reports. This manual is one of a series on Aeronautical Decision Making prepared for the following pilot audiences 1 Student and Private 2 Commercial 3 Instrument 4 Instructor 5 Helicopter 6 Multi-Crew. Keywords Human factors, Human performance, Aviation safety, Aviation training, Pilot error, Judgment, Rotorcraft.
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