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Resource booklet 6 Situational awareness and video
How many aircraft accident investigation reports have you read where one of the contributing factors has been identified as the crew lost situational awareness, or the pilot did not maintain situational awareness? In other words, the pilot or crew did not maintain the big picture and think ahead. Loss of situational awareness (SA) continues to be identified frequently in Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) reports.
Situational awareness is one of the most critical cognitive skills a pilot needs. It sounds like a simple concept, but many things can lead to your situational awareness being compromised. They include ineffective communication, fatigue and stress, high workload and challenging environmental conditions.