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Aeronautical Decision Making

Beginning in the mid-1980s the FAA produced a number of publications that dealt with Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM). Although the core material is similar, the concepts were adapted and examples given for a variety of pilots and situations.

The first two Manuals were produced as part of a cooperative effort between the FAA, Transport Canada, and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association to develop and evaluate judgment training. The third document (Pilot Judgment Evaluation) may also have been part of that study. There is no source noted on the document, but it contains some interesting suggestions for evaluating the judgment of pilots undergoing a flight check.

All these manuals and documents are, to the best of my knowledge, in the public domain -- so you can copy and redistribute them to your heart's content.

Judgment Training Manual for Instructor Pilots (4.81 MB)

Judgment Training Manual for Student Pilots (6.16 MB)

Pilot Judgment Evaluation (460 KB)

The remainder of the documents were produced by or for the FAA.

Aeronautical Decision Making - Cockpit Resource Management (6.62 MB)

Aeronautical Decision Making for Helicopter Pilots (8.79 MB)

Aeronautical Decision Making for Commercial Pilots (3.72 MB)

Aeronautical Decision Making for Instructor Pilots (2.97 MB)

Aeronautical Decision Making for Instrument Pilots (4.20 MB)

Aeronautical Decision Making for Student and Private Pilots (4.61 MB)

ADM for Air Ambulance Helicopter Pilots - Situational Awareness Exercises (1.98 MB)

ADM for Air Ambulance Administrators (1.29 MB)

Risk Management for Air Ambulance Helicopter Operators (3.10 MB)