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About Aviation.Org's Ready Room


As indicated in the history section of About Aviation.Org, our objective is to foster improved flight safety with particular regard to the impact of human strengths and weaknesses. To achieve this purpose, we--principals and subscribers--make a concerted effort to actively analyze, discuss and reflect upon the pilot's roles, functions and responsibilities in the cockpit.


These pilot activities fall within our understanding of airmanship, a term that is known and respected within the pilot community. Airmanship requires both physical and mental skills and, although the pilot's technical flying skills relate to his or her mental activities, this forum concentrates more on the thinking processes that are demanded of every airman.

The recurring themes that are presented throughout this website are cockpit leadership/management and their vital components, pilot judgment/decision making. It is within these disciplines that Aviation.Org is resolved to make an important contribution to safe flying.

Cockpit Leadership & Management

In the operational aviation environment, the pilot must be both a leader and manager. The responsibilities of command make each of us accountable for our actions. When we assume the duties of pilot in command we assume leadership responsibilities. Our performance of these duties requires management skill.

Leadership quality is determined largely by the ideals and values that mark us as individuals, those personal determinants of who we are and who we aspire to be. Management is the process of achieving results consistent with these ideals.

Pilot Judgment & Decision Making

Exercising sound judgment is the pilot's primary responsibility in the cockpit, and becomes the measure of his or her leadership ability. Making decisions is the pilot's fundamental cockpit management function. These processes are tightly interwoven. In fact, in FAA terminology, they are grouped and termed together as "aeronautical decision making."

If judgment and decision making are performed well, they provide desirable margins of safety. If they are performed badly, they become the leading factors related to aircraft accidents.

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