Flight management refers to the effective use of all available resources, including working with such groups as dispatchers, other crewmembers, maintenance personnel, and air traffic controllers. Poor performance of a manoeuvre or task can often be explained by weaknesses in flight management competencies.
Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Anticipates problems far enough in advance to avoid crisis reaction.
- Uses effective decision-making process.
- Makes appropriate inquiries.
- Prioritizes tasks to gain maximum information input for decisions.
- Makes effective use of all available resources to make decisions.
- Considers “downstream” consequences of the decision being considered.
- Actively monitors weather, aircraft systems, instruments, ATC communications.
- Avoids “tunnel vision” - awareness that factors such as stress can reduce vigilance.
- Stays “ahead of the aircraft” in preparing for expected or contingency situations.
- Remains alert to detect subtle changes in the environment.
- Provides thorough briefings.
- Asks for information and advice.
- Communicates decisions clearly.
- Asserts one’s position appropriately (multi-crew).
- Organizes cockpit resources well.
- Recognizes overload in self.
- Eliminates distractions during high workload situations.
- Maintains ability to adapt during high workload situations.
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