Diversity in Aviation
Now and then, there are newspaper articles and news stories about diversity in aviation and discussions if diversity would improve safety or not. Some of the arguments against diversity is that the captain of the aircraft should be the best and diversity should not be considered. At the other end, the argument for diversity is that a diverse team stay stronger against bullies, or the one with the best vocabulary who wins the deal. The news media portrays these opinions as opposite ends of a spectrum from safe to unsafe. Sometimes discussions are in favor of diversity, while other times diversity is unsafe. No matter who wants to be the safest candidate, both sides are using the safety card. The only reason to play the safety card is that there is no data to support their statements. Everyone falls for the safety card and becomes paralyzed in a discussion against safety. The answer to diversity is not if it is safe or not, but to answer the question of what personal qualities a successful pilot has. The only different between a pilot and other jobs, is that everyone else do not fall to the ground when taking the wrong turn at the fork in the road. Learning pilot skills are no special or difficult skills to learn that only certain pre-selected people can learn. It is a skill anyone can learn by determination and focus. Diversity in aviation is to recognize people who are excellent at managing these human behavior skills.
Becoming a successful pilot requires a combination of skills. It is not all mathematical and technical, but they have to think creatively, act under pressure, and adopt a mentality fitting for a role of such great responsibility. Pilots not only require leadership qualities, but they also have to communicate and work well as part of a team. The aviation industry in general expects that a plot develops several human behaviors skills to be a successful pilot. These principles are true for single-pilot operations or as a member of a multi-crew operations. They are true for recreational, or general aviation an professional or commercial aviation. A successful pilot communicates with clear communication, not only verbally, but also behavioral communication. Clear communication closes the gap between expectations, assumptions and anticipation and those immediate tasks to take place in the immediate future. Clear communication also closes the gap between these short-term actions and long-term objections, which is to move the aircraft from one location to another without disruptions, unplanned, or unexpected events.
Pilots has developed a successful skill of situational awareness. Generally, situational awareness in aviation is that pilots know where they are and know where they are going. However, this definition assumes that the pilots is working within a flawless operational environment and that they are the only system that potentially will malfunction. Situational awareness is comprehension awareness, where data collected is turned into information, knowledge and system comprehension or interactions. Situational awareness is therefore more than just
|The pilot of an aircraft maintained situational awareness of the Cali fix, but crashed into the high mountains|
|There is an “I” in TEAM.|
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