November 2010 Issue

Training For Risk Management

Placing a greater emphasis on risk management in GA training can improve safety, but it will require industry and the FAA to work together.

Today’s typical flight training curricula are largely maneuver-based, with little emphasis on higher order pilot skills, especially risk management. At its heart, the typical curriculum is designed to train a pilot to pass the practical test for the certificate or rating he or she seeks. A rare curriculum includes training to identify, assess and mitigate risk. In previous articles, I’ve asserted the root cause of many accidents—and perhaps most fatal accidents—is poor risk management (Aviation Safety, July 2010, "TAA Training"). I also postulated better risk management training, especially in risk mitigation, could be an effective way to reduce these accidents (Aviation Safety, September 2010, "Train to Mitigate Risk").

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