Automation Management

Automation Management

Negative outcomes related to automation management errors are course deviations, altitude deviations, and wrong airport landings. This module highlights 10 common errors business aviation pilots make when using automated systems in the cockpit with solutions on how to avoid each type of error. We have researched hundreds of NASA ASRS and ASAP reports and have extracted the key lessons learned from an industry Flight Deck Automation Working Group, the Flight Safety Foundation Active Pilot Monitoring Working Group, the Advanced Avionics Handbook, and Instrument Procedures Handbook.

The NBAA Management Guide (section 2.4) recommends advanced flight crew training above and beyond the regulatory requirements of the FAA as a best practice. That recommendation specifically cites automation training. This training module satisfies that NBAA training recommendation.


There is no specific Part 135 requirement for training on Automation Management. This module can be used as a one-time training event to highlight leading edge automation management skills to reduce your organization's risk of an altitude or course deviation. This module was created to be used to mitigate potential hazards identified in your SMS.

The module complies with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS‑BAO) training requirement for "Automation Management" defined in Chapter 8 of IS-BAO. This module is not required by the Business Aviation Safety Consortium (BASC) standard. With the higher rate of pilot deviations related to automation management, this module was created to mitigate a potential hazard identified by your SMS. This eLearning module can be used as your hazard mitigation tool to reduce your organization's risk of an altitude or course deviation.
  • Effective Briefings
  • Accurate Data Entry
  • Effective Monitoring
  • Mode Awareness
  • Workload Management