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Instrument Flying Handbook
Human factors
Hazardous Attitudes and Antidotes

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Human Factors
Chapter 2. Aerodynamic Factors
Chapter 3. Flight Instruments
Chapter 4. Section I
Airplane Attitude Instrument
Using Analog Instrumentation
Chapter 4. Section II
Airplane Attitude Instrument
Using an Electronic Flight

Chapter 5. Section I
Airplane Basic
Flight Maneuvers
Using Analog Instrumentation
Chapter 5. Section II
Airplane Basic
Flight Maneuvers
Using an Electronic Flight

Chapter 6. Helicopter
Attitude Instrument Flying

Chapter 7. Navigation Systems
Chapter 8. The National
Airspace System

Chapter 9. The Air Traffic
Control System

Chapter 10. IFR Flight
Chapter 11. Emergency

The Five Antidotes hazardous Attitudes.
Figure 1-14. The Five Antidotes to hazardous Attitudes.

1. Anti—authority ("Don't tell me!"). This attitude is
found in pilots who do not like anyone telling them
what to do. They may be resentful of having someone
tell them what to do or may regard rules, regulations,
and procedures as silly or unnecessary. However, there
is always the prerogative to question authority if it is
perceived to be in error.

2. lnipulsivity ("Do something quickly!"). This attitude
is found in pilots who frequently feel the need to do
something-anything--immediately. They do not
stop to think about what they are about to do, they do
not select the best course of action, and they do the
first thing that comes to mind.

3. Invulnerability ("It won't happen to me"). Many
pilots feel that accidents happen to others, but never
to them. They know accidents can happen, and they
know that anyone can be affected. They never really
feel or believe that they will be personally involved.
Pilots who think this way are more likely to take
chances and increase risk.

4. Macho ("I can do it!"). Pilots who are always trying to
prove that they are better than anyone else are thinking,
"I can do it—I'll show them." Pilots with this type of
attitude will try to prove themselves by taking risks in
order to impress others. This pattern is characteristic
in both men and women.

5. Resignation ("What's the use?"). These pilots do not
see themselves as being able to make a great deal of
difference in what happens to them. When things go
well, these pilots are apt to think it is due to good luck.
When things go badly, they 'nay feel that someone is
out to get them, or attribute it to had luck. The pilot
will leave the action to others, for better or worse.
Sometimes, they will even go along with unreasonable
requests just to be a "nice guy."