Personal Minimums Checklist

The majority of problems that arise during a flight can be attributed to the decisions that were made on the ground. These decisions include such things as setting fuel reserves, choosing a route of flight, getting current weather information and interpreting it correctly, and simply deciding to takeoff or stay on the ground.

This program lets you identify potential risks while you are still on the ground, and helps you to set up methods for controlling those risks.

"The use of a Personal Minimums Checklist is one method for identifying and managing risks when you fly. It’s an excellent starting point for considering risks, especially for low-time pilots. If you have thousands of hours of experience, it’s possible you didn’t learn about Personal Minimums when you got your license years ago. To have survived this long, however, you have probably developed your own routine for managing risk, or have just been lucky. Rather than waiting for the luck to run out, take the time now to develop your own Personal Minimums." (FAASTeam Safety Tip #2 - Personal Minimums, February 12, 2009)

Originally developed by researchers at the Ohio State University, I have modified the program slightly and put it in a Microsoft Powerpoint format.

There are about 40 slides in the presentation, and it should take you about 30 minutes to complete.

You can download the program and complete it at your leisure by clicking on the link to the right.

If you don't have a copy of Microsoft Powerpoint, you should also download the Powerpoint Viewer.


Download and read the article on Getting the Maximum from Personal Minimums by Susan Parson.

Download Personal Minimums Checklist (Powerpoint)

Download Getting the Maximum from Personal Minimums (PDF)

Download the Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer.