May 2013 Issue

Using A Flight-Risk Assessment Tool

Formally assessing a proposed flight’s risks can identify poor weather or routing decisions, and mainly requires an honest assessment of conditions and your abilities.

It’s impossible to deny the importance of risk management in maintaining safe flight operations. Accident data consistently show the root cause of some 75 percent of general aviation’s fatal accidents is the pilot’s poor or non-existent risk-management skills. Whether they were never properly trained to consider the consequences of their decisions, didn’t understand those consequences or minimized their importance, we’ll never know. But we do know that a large proportion of them could have been prevented if the accident pilots had performed even minimal analysis of the risks presented by their proposed flight.

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