Flight Management

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

  1. Anticipates problems far enough in advance to avoid crisis reaction.
  2. Uses effective decision-making process.
  3. Makes appropriate inquiries.
  4. Prioritizes tasks to gain maximum information input for decisions.
  5. Makes effective use of all available resources to make decisions.
  6. Considers “downstream” consequences of the decision being considered.

Situational Awareness

  1. Actively monitors weather, helicopter systems, instruments, ATC communications.
  2. Avoids “tunnel vision” — awareness that factors such as stress can reduce vigilance.
  3. Stays “ahead of the helicopter” in preparing for expected or contingency situations.
  4. Remains alert to detect subtle changes in the environment.


  1. Provides thorough briefings.
  2. Asks for information and advice.
  3. Communicates decisions clearly.
  4. Asserts one’s position appropriately (Multi-crew).

Workload Management

  1. Organizes cockpit resources well.
  2. Recognizes overload in self.
  3. Eliminates distractions during high workload situations.
  4. Maintains ability to adapt during high workload situations.
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