Combating Mental Inertia

Understanding and Mitigating "Get-There-Itis"

It is widely recognized that humans tend to continue with a task once it is started. Pilots sometimes continue with a flight even when evidence indicates that the plan should be changed or abandoned. A phrase frequently found in the probable cause finding of an NTSB accident report includes, "...the pilot's decision to continue..."

This course examines the forces in the unconscious mind that cause this behavior and provides some practical mitigation strategies to improve safety.

The course will require approximately one hour to complete. A final quiz at the completion of the course is required to earn FAA Wings credit. Successful completion of the course and the quiz is valid for one Basic Knowledge-3 credit in the FAA Wings Pilot Proficiency Program.


Your Instructor


Gene Benson
Gene Benson

Gene is a retired professional pilot who is internationally recognized as a leader in improving human performance by reducing human error. His academic background in psychology aided him in developing procedures and methods to reduce human errors and improve safety in aviation. He played a role in developing many of the safety concepts used world-wide in aviation today. Since retiring from flying, he has worked successfully with companies in high-stakes industries to help them reduce human error in their processes. Now, he is using these same concepts to help individuals be better, safer, and make fewer errors in everything they do.

Throughout his career, he remained active as a flight instructor, giving more than 8,000 hours of dual instruction. He specialized in training flight instructors, recommending 270 for their initial flight instructor certification. He has particularly enjoyed teaching pilot ground schools at all levels.


Course Curriculum


  Before We Begin
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  Introduction
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  The Concept
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  The Pilot's Decision to Continue
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  The Components
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  Mitigation Strategies
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  Accident Analyses
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  Conclusion - Video and Take-Away Download
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  Final Quiz
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  Other Items of Interest
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and will be available at least until May 1, 2020. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Is the course valid for FAA Wings credit?
Pending successful completion of the course and the course quiz, you will be eligible for one Basic Knowledge-3 Wings credit. (FAA acceptance of the course is presently pending.)
How long will it take to complete the course?
The course, including quizzes and the final quiz, will take approximately one hour to complete.

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