Flight Deck Management Lesson Plan


  • To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with safe flight deck management practices


  • Research a case study
  • Discuss how the initial conditions developed into an incident/accident/mishap
  • Relate similar personal experience of the same type of incident/accident/mishap


  • Cockpit management are the actions and procedures, starting with preflight, in which all necessary equipment, documents, checklists, and navigation charts appropriate for the flight are on board and easily accessible
  • With this comes the need to keep things organized to reduce Foreign Object Debris (FOD) and confusion in flight


Forward-Slips to Landing:
Review (quiz):
Case Studies:
Total Ground Time:

Required Materials:

  • Paper, Pen, Marker, Whiteboard

Instructor Actions:

Student Actions:

  • Complete assigned reading (see content above)
  • Ask pertinent questions

Flight Deck Management Completion/Airman Certification Standards:

  • References: FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3; AC 120-71; POH/AFM


The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • PA.II.B.K1:

    Passenger briefing requirements, to include operation and required use of safety restraint systems
  • PA.II.B.K2:

    Use of appropriate checklists
  • PA.II.B.K3:

    Requirements for current and appropriate navigation data

Risk Management:

The applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess, and mitigate risks, encompassing:
  • PA.II.B.R1:

    Improper use of systems or equipment, to include automation and portable electronic devices
  • PA.II.B.R2:

    Flying with unresolved discrepancies


The applicant demonstrates the ability to:
  • PA.I.B.S1:

    Secure all items in the flight deck and cabin
  • PA.I.B.S2:

    Conduct an appropriate pre-takeoff briefing, to include identifying the PIC, use of safety belts, shoulder harnesses, doors, sterile flight deck, and emergency procedures
  • PA.I.B.S3:

    Program and manage the airplane’s automation properly


  • With staisfactory knowledge of the elements related to cockpit management procedures, we know to secure all lose items, organize material and equipment in an efficient manner so they are readily available, and finally how to brief occupants on the use of safety belts, shoulder harnesses, doors, and emergency procedures


  • Advise students that this lesson will be used as a starting point for the next lesson
  • Assign study materials for the next lesson