February 2013 Issue

Training For Risk

I read with much interest and some concurrence the articles on risk management and risk mitigation, but I don’t see discussed or emphasized what I believe is the most important factor in this whole approach. That is the inner nature of the individual pilot and CFI with respect to how they see risks based on each person’s unique personality. Different people see the same risk situation very differently. Some either consciously or subconsciously will see a risk as a challenge, excitement, thrill: “Let’s see if I can do it!” while others won’t touch the situation. Yes, to a degree, this is baked into who we are, based on personality, background, age, maturity, experience, judgment and discipline. The risk trait applies to everything we do in life: business, money management, our relationships with others and, yes, driving. “Gotta get there; I’ll push it,” versus, “No way, I’m not going to do that!”

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