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the testosterone on board been diluted by even one of our female nurs- es, the outcome might have been different. The women in my program are all highly motivated professionals, but as a group they are more con- servative with respect to risk taking and they are quicker to speak up when they feel that something is not as it should be. In short, they are more naturally disposed to act in accordance with the principles of Air Medical Resource Management.


ASSESSING RISK TOLERANCE In an FAA study of pilots and risk , it was determined that a pilot’s


perception of risk during actual flight was as important as his individual tolerance of risk. In fact, these two dimensions, perception and tolerance, appear to be separate constructs that exist independently, notwithstand- ing the fact that there are correlations between them. Moreover, it was determined that of these two dimensions of risk, it is risk perception that lends itself more easily to mitigation through training. It seems that it is much easier to improve a pilot’s ability to recognize and appreciate sig- nificant in-flight hazards than to change the personality factors that affect willingness to accept risk.


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