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Aeronautical Decision Making, Risk Management, and Aeromedical

Aeronautical decision-making (ADM) is decision-making in a unique environment—aviation.

The importance of learning and understanding effective ADM skills cannot be overemphasized. While progress is continually being made in the advancement of pilot training methods, aircraft equipment and systems, and services for pilots, accidents still occur.

Despite all the changes in technology to improve flight safety, one factor remains the same: the human factor which leads to errors.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) statistics, in the last 20 years, approximately 85 percent of aviation accidents have been caused by “pilot error.”

With this systematic approach to risk assessment and stress management, ADM helps in understanding how personal attitudes can influence decision-making and how those attitudes can be modified to enhance safety.

It's important to understand the factors that cause humans to make decisions and how the decision-making process not only works, but can be improved. This course focuses on helping the pilot improve his or her ADM skills with the goal of mitigating the risk factors associated with flight.

Many of these accidents are the result of the tendency to focus flight training on the physical aspects of flying the aircraft. Only teaching the student pilot enough aeronautical knowledge and skill to pass the written and practical tests. In this scenario, risk management is ignored, which can potentially lead to fatal results.

We've integrated risk management into this course to teach aspiring pilots how to proactively identify safety-related hazards pertaining to the flight and mitigating the associated risks of the identified hazards.

Additionally, Aeromedical Factors are included as part of the decision making process to ultimately reduce the risks associated with flight planning and flying.


  • 7 Lessons
  • 7 Videos (1.5+ Hours)
  • 2 Books -
    • Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
    • Risk Management
  • Lots of real-world tips