Establishing Personal Minimums


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General Aviation Joint Steering Committee

Loss of Control Working Group 1

Personal Minimums

2014/10/01-065 (I) PP


Outreach Guidance Document


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:  February 2015

Topic: Personal Minimums (SE 34)

The FAA and industry will conduct a public education campaign emphasizing the benefits of establishing personal minimums.


NTSB accident data suggest that pilot capability is not simply a matter of certification level and experience but rather that a wide variety of conditions and circumstances can influence pilot performance from day to day.  That variability in performance supports the argument that pilots should develop personal minimums for their flying and that those minimums should be reviewed and adjusted with respect to existing conditions and circumstances. 


Teaching Points:

  • Using the PAVE checklist, identify factors and circumstances that affect pilot performance.
  • Discuss assessment of pilot ability to deal with the factors & circumstances identified above.
  • Provide guidance on developing Personal Minimums.
  • Discuss adjustment of Personal Minimums.

Note:  This outreach consists of this guidance document, Power Point presentation, and presentation notes available on the FAASTeam sharepoint site in approved presentations.

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IMPORTANT – Once you have completed outreach on this topic, please help us track the outreach you have done by entering a PTRS record.