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    Urgent Decision Making

    Wings Basic Knowledge-1

    Created primarily for pilots, this course discusses three kinds of decision making, but focuses on urgent decision making. The course draws from recent research on how the unconscious mind can influence decision making and how it can be trained to make better decisions when seconds matter.

    This course can be completed in less than one hour.

    FAA Accredited Activity: BRIGHTSPOT-UDM-1021 Valid for 1/2 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1

    Course fee: FREE

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    Caution! Wake Turbulence

    Wings Basic Knowledge-3: 1/2 Credit

    As much as pilots are warned about the dangers of wake turbulence, we still see accidents resulting from this invisible phenomena. We are taught about wake turbulence and receive warnings about it from controllers, but we seldom experience even the slightest effect. That promotes complacency and we begin to tune out those warnings. This interactive course provides some essential information on wake turbulence and how to avoid it.

    Course completion, including successful completion of the quiz, will be valid to earn one half credit for Basic Knowledge-3 in the FAA Pilot Proficiency (Wings) Program.

    FAA Accredited Activity: BRIGHTSPOT-WAKE-COURSE-8-21

    Course fee: FREE

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    Avoiding the Summer Flight "Gotchas"

    Avoiding the Summer Flight "Gotchas"

    Wings Basic Knowledge-2 plus Advanced Knowledge-2

    We all enjoy a nice summer flight in wall-to-wall sunshine or on a clear night full of bright stars. We all also know about the typical summer hazards associated with thunderstorms and high density altitudes. But there are several other possible hazards associated with summer flying. This course will discuss these “gotchas” and how to avoid dangerous situations created by them. Several accidents that resulted from some of the “gotchas” will be discussed.

    Course completion, including successful completion of the quiz, will be valid to earn one credit for Basic Knowledge-2 and one credit for Advanced Knowledge-2 in the FAA Pilot Proficiency (Wings) Program.

    FAA Accredited Activity: BRIGHTSPOT-SUMMER-0621 Valid for 1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 2 and 1 credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 2

    Course fee: FREE

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    Many Happy Returns - Avoiding Runway Excursions and Runway Overruns

    Wings Basic Knowledge-3 and Wings Advanced Knowledge-2

    We want our return to the airport to be as happy as our departure. We all know that takeoffs are optional but landings are mandatory. Far too many landings end up off the runway. Sometimes these excursions happen when an airplane departs the side of a runway and some happen when the airplane runs off the end. Serious injury or death from runway excursions is not common but does occur. Costly damage to the airplane and sometimes to airport facilities is however a frequent result of runway excursions. This course will examine the common causes of runway excursions and offer some ways to help avoid them.

    FAA Accredited Activity: BRIGHTSPOT-MHR-0221 Valid for 1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3 and 1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge-2

    Course fee: FREE

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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.

    FAA Accredited Activity: BRIGHTSPOT-HFGS-Basic-0113

    Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1, Basic Knowledge Topic 2, Basic Knowledge Topic 3

    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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    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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