Europeans Release Single-Pilot Helicopter Decision-Making Guide

 - August 27, 2012, 2:50 PM

“Decision errors in aviation are typically not slips or lapses, but mistakes,” concludes the introduction to the European Helicopter Safety Implementation Team’s new guide to rotorcraft decision making. “In other words, the problem doesn’t lie with a failure to execute a correct decision, but with making a poor decision in the first instance.”

The guide offers numerous examples of good decision making, such as OODA–observe, orientate, decide, act–a mnemonic that originated in the fighter pilot community.