Managing Risk in Aviation

This program discusses how pilots can manage the risks inherent in aviation by identifying potential hazards and making effective plans to control the risks associated with those hazards. This is more of an overview of the topic of risk management than an in-depth treatment. However, it should give you a basic understanding of the topic, and hopefully encourage you to learn more about the topic. If you look in the Library you will find various documents from the FAA, the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority, and other organizations on this subject.

Although these concepts are usually discussed more in terms of large operators than single pilots, in principle the same concepts apply -- although on a somewhat different scale.

As you go through the program, try to imagine how this approach to identifying risks and potential countermeasures would apply to one of your typical cross-country flights.

How do you control for the potential impact of deteriorating weather? Do you have a diversion plan already plotted, at least in your head?

What will you do if the engine quits at 200 feet after takeoff? (Please don't think you will make it back to the runway.) Where are the good (or the least nasty) places to land off the departure end?

If you think of these alternatives now, you will have them available when the crisis occurs. (Been there, done that -- for what it's worth -- and it really works.)

Managing Risk in Aviation - this is the pamphlet to accompany the video.
Risk Assessment Template -- This is the template mentioned in the program.