Accession Number : ADA198772

Title :   Aeronautical Decision making for Commercial Pilots.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : SYSTEMS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY INC ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s) : Jensen, Richard S. ; Adrion, Janeen

Report Date : JUL 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : Aviation accident data indicate that the majority of aircraft mishaps are due to judgement error. 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 result 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 commercial 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 'Altitude 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. 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 factor, Human performance, Aviation safety, Aviation training, Pilot error, Judgement, Decision making, Commercial pilots, Professional pilots. (kt)

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, ACCIDENTS, AERONAUTICS, AIRCRAFT, ALTITUDE, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), AVIATION ACCIDENTS, AVIATION SAFETY, COMMERCE, ERRORS, FLIGHT, HELICOPTERS, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, INFLIGHT, INSTRUCTION MANUALS, MANAGEMENT, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PILOTS, PROFILES, RATES, RISK, STRESSES, FLIGHT TRAINING, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT.

Subject Categories : Commercial and General Aviation
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE