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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.

    Videos

    (Clicking on the title will open the video in a new window. Close that window to return to this page. )

    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)

     

    PowerPoint Presentations

    Aeronautical Decision Making - (Theoretical version)
    Aeronautical Decision Making (2007)
    Aeronautical Decision Making (introduction)
    Aeronautical Decision Making (Notre Dame)
    Aeronautical Decision Making (CFI-WS-2004)
    Aeronautical Decision Making - (CRM oriented)
    Five Steps to Better Pilot Decisions
    Hazardous Attitudes
    Judgement 

     

    Documents (PDF)

    Aeronautical Decision Making - Cockpit Resource Management

    Aeronautical Decision Making for Helicopter Pilots
    Aeronautical Decision Making for Commercial Pilots
    Aeronautical Decision Making for Instructor Pilots
    Aeronautical Decision Making for Instrument Pilots
    Aeronautical Decision Making for Student and Private Pilots
    ADM for Air Ambulance Helicopter Pilots - Situational Awareness Exercises
    ADM for Air Ambulance Administrators
    Aeronautical Decision Making (FAA Pamphlet)
    General Aviation Weather Decision-Making
    Judgment Training Manual for Student Pilots
    Judgment Training Manual for Instructor Pilots

    Pilot Judgment Evaluation