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    Human Factors Ground School

    Nearly all aviation accidents have their roots in human error. This updated course will present basic human factors and apply them to Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) and Risk Management. The influence of the unconscious mind, including our cognitive biases, is explored without the psychobabble, but with practical application examples. Some accident analyses are presented to illustrate important concepts. Lessons are primarily delivered via narrated video. Pertinent documents are available for download and review quizzes are provided for each section. A final course quiz must be successfully completed to earn FAA Wings credit.

    Course fee $199.

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    Call the Ball - Making Better and Safer Approaches and Landings

    Navy Carrier Pilots are challenged by some of the most difficult approaches and landings known to aviation. Wouldn't it be nice if each time we landed there were a Landing Signal Officer (LSO) guiding us down, verbally coaching our approach and giving instructions on whether we were too low or slightly left of course? Or perhaps a "wave off" to let us know when we should perform a go-around? The truth is that you don’t need an LSO to make safe and successful approaches and landings. By applying the concepts, procedures and best practices used by military pilots and the airlines, you can make great landings too! Take this free online course to learn how to make better and safer approaches and landings. The course is available for desktop, and laptop computers as well as most mobile devices.

    The course will require approximately one hour to complete. At the end of the course, a brief quiz will be presented.

    Course fee: FREE

    FAA Accredited Activity: BRIGHTSPOT-CTB-0519 Valid for 1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3

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    Urgent Decision Making - Training the Unconscious Mind

    This online course examines how our unconscious mind often plays an important, and not always helpful, role in our decision making. Several psychological concepts such as heuristics and cognitive biases are discussed in a way designed to provide a practical understanding of how they affect our aeronautical decision making. Some practical mitigation strategies are also presented.

    The course will require approximately one hour, fifteen minutes to complete. A quiz is presented at the end of the course. Successful completion of the quiz is required to receive Wings credit for the course. The course is valid for one Basic Knowledge-1 credit.

    FAA Accredited Activity BRIGHTSPOT-hf-course-1_0619

    Course fee: FREE

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    Help! My Brain is Trying to Kill me

    This course is not valid for Wings credit.

    This online course explores the science behind making better decisions when seconds count. Practical ways to improve our urgent decision making are presented. The course can be completed in less than one hour.

    Course fee: FREE

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    Checklists for General Aviation

    This course is not valid for Wings credit.

    This course is intended to increase the pilot's awareness of how effective and efficient checklist usage can actually lower the pilot's workload and increase safety.
    This course will explain why checklists should be dynamic documents, always ready to be improved or expanded. It will discuss the creation or revision of checklists for normal operations, abnormal operations, and emergency procedures. It will also show how the process of creating or revising checklists will increase better understanding of the airplane's systems and operation.

    Also included is a bonus module on the importance of creating and using abnormal procedures checklists.

    Course fee: FREE

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    Combating Mental Inertia

    Wings Basic Knowledge-3

    It is widely recognized that humans tend to continue with a task once it is started. Pilots sometimes continue with a flight even when evidence indicates that the plan should be changed or abandoned. This course examines the forces in the unconscious mind that cause this behavior and provides some practical mitigation strategies to improve safety.

    FAA Accredited Activity: BRIGHTSPOT-MI-COURSE-0220 Valid for 1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3

    Course fee: FREE

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