A lot has been said on the forums over the last couple of weeks about pilot judgement relative to the two recent Cirrus crashes and insurance rates. My personal belief is that judgement can not be taught, it has to be learned from past experience. However, in cleaning up a pile of aviation-related articles (my desk looks a bit like Fibber McGee’s closet [:D]), I came across an old FAA Advisory Circular that everyone should get a copy of and read - or read again. The title is:
FAA Advisor Circular AC 60-22 “Aeronautical Decision Making”. My copy is dated 12/13/91.
When, due to lack of experience, judgement can not be used, decision-making skills based on OTHERS past experiences, can replace it. This circular helps explain and teach how to make flying decisions based on semi-objective criteria. Use it to develop a personal minimums check-list based on the FAA’s personal minimums checklist (FAA-P-8740-56) and a sense of when you might be getting in over your head, and we just might end up a little safer up there…
my $0.02 worth.