Our Core Aviation Teachings

Pilot in Command. The pilot of an aircraft has total command and authority over every aspect of the flight. The pilot is also ultimately responsible and accountable for the safety and operation of the flight.

Accident Chain. A term referring to the concept that many contributing factors typically lead to an accident, rather than one single event. These contributing actions typically stem from human factor-related mistakes and pilot error, rather than mechanical failure.

Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM). 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. It is what a pilot intends to do based on the latest information available.

Hazardous Attitudes and Antidotes. Studies have identified five hazardous attitudes that can interfere with the ability to make sound decisions and exercise authority properly. Hazardous attitudes contribute to poor pilot judgment buy can be effectively counteracted by redirecting the hazardous attitude so that correct action can be taken. After recognizing a thought as hazardous, the pilot should label it as hazardous, and then state the corresponding antidote:

1) Anti-Authority: “Don’t tell me.” Antidote: Follow the rules—they are usually right.

2) Impulsivity: “Do it quickly.” Antidote: Not so fast. Think first.

3) Invulnerability. “It won’t happen to me..” Antidote: It can happen to me.

4) Macho: “I can do it.” Antidote: Taking chances is foolish.

5) Resignation: “What’s the use.” Antidote: I’m not helpless.