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Thursday, August 19, 2010


From NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System

Issue 368

August 2010

PAVE-ing the Way to Good Decisions

Chapter 17 of the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25) offers pilots a number of resources for assessing the risks of flight and deciding on the best courses of action to mitigate risk. One of these is the PAVE checklist, which can help pilots during preflight planning to become aware of flight risks in four categories:

- Pilot-in-command (PIC) – The pilot must ask, "Am I ready for this trip?" in terms of experience, recency, currency, physical, and emotional condition.
- Aircraft – What limitations will the aircraft impose upon the trip in terms of performance, equipment, payload, ceiling, and fuel capacity?
- enVironment – How will weather, terrain, airports, airspace, and nighttime conditions affect safety of flight?
- External pressures – Why is the flight being made, how critical is it to maintain the schedule, and is the trip worth the risks?

This month we will illustrate the PAVE concept using several recent ASRS incidents involving General Aviation operations.


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