November 2015 Issue

Decision Making for Pilots

Youíve got the Right Stuff, so why should you worry about low ceilings, snow showers and airframe icing?

According to those who have done extensive research into pilot behavior, a major characteristic of a typical pilotís decision-making often leading to a fatal accident is that we are highly mission-oriented. We continue to focus on getting to the destination even as weather and mechanical issues progressively go down the tubes. The accompanying stress results in tunnel vision and reduces our ability to objectively analyze the big picture. One result can be very capable pilots pressing on into conditions that ultimately bring the flight to an ugly conclusion.

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