CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 7, Issue 2 - (Page 18)
CRITICAL DECISION MAKING IN
BY GEORGE PERRY
MAKE A CONTRACT WITH YOURSELF
We teach our students to use aircraft checklists from preflight to shutdown. But do
we also teach them to use a personal minimums checklist (weather criteria, max cross
winds, min runway lengths, etc.) to help make go/no-go or divert decisions? Do we set the
example with our own personal minimums checklist, and is it written down?
Astute decisions are much easier to make when sitting in a chair at 0 knots and 1 G, and
while not preoccupied with complex tasks like flying an aircraft. That's why writing
down personal minimums in advance is so important. If during the heat of the moment in
flight we rely on "feelings" to guide our decisions, then the decision making becomes a mental negotiation
clouded by emotion and hopes of a successful outcome. So document personal minimums and consult them
before each flight. This becomes the basis for a contract with ourselves, our passengers, and our family to
fly safely and within our personal minimums.
The bottom line is Go/No-Go/Go-Back decisions should be based on prudent, deliberate thought, and made
with a clear understanding of what our passengers are comfortable with and what we and the airplane
Do you set personal minimums
and have a plan for dealing with
emergencies? Accident Case Study:
Emergency Management reveals how
flawed decision making and lack of
a conservative approach to an inflight emergency contributed to the
unfortunate outcome of this flight.
ATC audio and radar data reconstruct
the mistakes, miscommunications, and
missed opportunities that eventually
led to the pilot's spatial disorientation.
Watch the video, brought to you by
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 7, Issue 2
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Vol. 7, Issue 2
Table of Contents
Tiptoeing Through TFRS
Safety Seminar: Trivia Night!
Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI Tips: Minemonic Pyramid - Memorizing VFR Minimums
ASI Message: Personal Minimums
Real Pilot Story: Ditching in the Dark - Are You Adequately Prepared?
Safety Spotlight: Emergency Procedures Training - A Delicate Situation
Chart Challenge - What, No Pilot in the Cockpit?
ASI Online: Engine Out? Fly the Plane!
Safety Quiz: Spatial Disorientation
CFI Tools: Runway Signage and Markings
Chief's Corner: Distractions, Distractions…
Pilot Safety Announcement: Vacation - Are You Ready?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 7, Issue 2