Risk Management

When you go Flying, you will encounter hazards and risks. The outcome of these encounters will be determined by your knowledge, skill, and attitude toward safety. It's important to make an emergency less likely to happen by taking the proper precautions; but, it's equally important to be prepared and know what to do if an emergency occurs.

Risk Management
Because most accidents are the result of a simple mistake, nearly all accidents are easily preventable.

* The best way to avoid having a serious accident is to take a few simple steps toward accident prevention. The sky can be an unfriendly environment if you don't recognize risks and are not properly prepared for them.

* Risk management is the process of recognizing and acting upon accident warning signs or minimizing the effects of an accident if it does occur.

* By taking a safety course, you are practicing risk management. You've already reduced the chance that you will be involved in a dangerous Aviation emergency by learning safe practices.

* You now know the "rules of the road" and how important it is to pay close attention to other Aircraft and potential hazards and to maintain a safe speed and distance.

By practicing these rules, you greatly reduce the chance that you'll be involved in an accident.

Developing a habit of constant vigilance and 'Situational Awareness' should you find yourself in an emergency situation unexpectedly you will have a greater chance of dealing with it successfully.

Increased Risk Due To Flying Stressors

The glare and heat of the sun, along with the motion of the plane and the noise and vibration of the engine, have a large impact on your body that you may not even realize. These natural stressors make you tire more rapidly when in the air—regardless of your age or level of fitness. Many Flyers greatly underestimate the effect these stressors have on fatigue.

While perhaps not fatal themselves, stressors may weaken your body and mind enough to make the risk of an accident much greater.

Increased Risk Due to Dehydration
A typical Flying day in the summer causes your body to generate a large amount of heat. Sitting exposed in the cockpit, in the sun increases your body heat. As you Fly around, your body automatically adjusts to the changing position of the Aircraft. The exertion of this constant adjustment increases body heat.

The way the body rids itself of increased heat is by sweating. Increased sweating will cause dehydration if fluids are not replaced. Dehydration will make you more fatigued and more at risk for an accident.

The best way to minimize the risk of dehydration is to drink plenty of water—before, during, and after any water activities. A good rule of thumb while you are Flying in warm weather is to drink some water every 15-20 minutes.

Besides thirst, other signs of dehydration are a dry mouth, sleepiness, irritability, weakness, dizziness, and a headache. The first thing you should do if you experience any of these symptoms is to drink plenty of water. If possible, get out of the sun and rest. Serious dehydration may require medical attention.

Aviation Accident Pyramid

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Most accidents are preventable. Even accidents attributed to the environment most likely could have been prevented if the Pilot had not overlooked the warning signals, had not made poor decisions, or had the proper Piloting skills. Many accidents attributed to equipment also could have been prevented if proper maintenance and defect detection had taken place.





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