Aeronautical Decision Making
Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) is a popular topic. The importance of ADM was highlighted during the 1980s in a series of eight separate reports on ADM, published by the Federal Aviation Administration. These reports ranged from ADM for Student Pilots to ADM for Air Ambulance Pilots.
Search the web today and you will find over 36,000 pages with some reference to “Aeronautical Decision Making.” Among those pages there are dozens of PowerPoint Presentations and videos available which examine ADM from different perspectives. A sampling of those I considered the most informative is given below.
Although the emphasis given different aspects of Aeronautical Decision Making varies among all these sources of information there is general agreement that making good decisions is important and that poor decisions can often lead to accidents. So, if you want to be a competent, safe pilot you really should learn all you can about ADM. But, with all the material available out there where do you begin?
Since decision making is a psychological process, I strongly suggest that you start by viewing my video on the Psychology of ADM. I have conducted and led research on ADM for almost 20 years now, and I have summarized what I’ve learned in this video. It will give you a comprehensive overview of how decision making works, and all the psychological factors that influence your decisions, whether in the cockpit or anywhere else. Once you understand the psychology behind decision making, some of the other presentations, videos, and documents may give you additional insights and help you fine-tune your ADM.
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The Psychology of Aeronautical Decision Making Aeronautical Decision Making (FAA Safer Skies) Aviator's Guide to Good Decision-Making (NZ CAA) Commercial Helicopter Pilot Decision Making Decision Making in Commercial Flight Operations General Aviation Pilot Decision Making Making the Right Decisions (NTSB)