01
JUN
2012

EHEST Leaflet HE 4 Single Pilot Decision Making

This leaflet focuses on Decision Making.
Decision Making is a major factor in aircraft accidents and incidents. Pilots intend to fly safely, but can make errors. EHST data show that the majority of fatal crashes are attributable to decision errors rather than to perceptual or execution errors.
While human error can not be eliminated, a thorough understanding of human factors principles can lead to appropriate strategies, means and approaches to prevent most errors, better detect and manage them, and mitigate their adverse consequences on  safety.
This leaflet addresses:

  • Human Factors Affecting Decision Making,
  • Decision Making,
  • Decision Error Factors, and
  • Decision Making Models.
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