Startle Response

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FAA Safety Briefing, “When the Best Made Plans Go Awry,” Nov/Dec 2010

FAA Safety Briefing, “Between a Rock and Hard Spot—Handling a Partial-Power Takeoff,” Nov/Dec 2010 

FAA Safety Briefing, “When the Lights Go Out—What You Should Know About Aircraft Electrical Systems,” Nov/Dec 2010

FAA Risk Management Handbook, chapter 5: ADM; and chapter 6: Single Pilot Resource Management



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Presentation Notes

The Startle Response



This outreach guidance is provided to all FAA and aviation industry groups that are participating in outreach efforts sponsored by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC).  It is important that all outreach on a given topic is coordinated and is free of conflicts.  Therefore, all outreach products should be in alignment with the outline and concepts listed below for this topic.


Outreach Month:  January 2022


Topic: Startle Response

The FAA and industry will conduct a public education campaign emphasizing training to effectively cope with unexpected events



 The General Aviation Steering Committee (GAJSC) System/Component Failure work group feels that training and education in coping with events that startle pilots will help to mitigate inappropriate response to sudden onset emergencies


Teaching Points:

  • Discuss the difference between reflexive and reasoned responses to stimulii.
  • Discuss the safety benefits of flight risk assessment and management.
  • Discuss the safety benefits of emergency procedures training.
  • Encourage pilots to participate in WINGS Pilot Proficiency Training.