Decision Making Model

There are a lot of models we can use, and here is just one that may be useful for you.

DECIDE

When faced with a tough decision, you need to take positive action. You can use the DECIDE model to help you determine which action to take. If you are flying while using this model, don't forget to keep flying the aircraft.

  • Detect that a change has occurred.
  • Estimate the need to counter the change.
  • Choose a desirable outcome.
  • Identify the actions needed to control the change.
  • Do the required actions.
  • Evaluate the effect of the action.

Detect

Firstly identify if there is going to be a problem.

What went wrong? Did something unexpected occur, or did something you were expecting to happen never eventuate?

After you have identified a change in circumstances, use your insight and experience to analyse all the information available.

Be careful though, the one critical error that often gets made is the misidentification of the problem.

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Estimate

Estimate your need to react.

What is the severity of the problem and how will it affect you in the short-term and long-term. Do you need to act right away?

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Choose

Now it’s time to make some tough decisions.

Once you have determined the degree of severity that the problem poses, you must choose the desired outcome you wish to arrive at.

In this stage, risk assessment and management are used to help select the outcome from the various different options. Weigh up the alternatives and determine the most suitable outcome in your circumstances.

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Identify

So you know where you want to go, but how do you get there?

Identify any actions that will lead you to the desired outcome. Sometimes, there may be only one course of action available. It is important not to become fixated on the identifying process at the expense of taking action.

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Do

The time to take action is now.

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Evaluate

Finally, after taking action, evaluate the decision to see if it was correct. If you didn’t achieve the desired outcome, you will need to repeat the process.

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Invercargill

Above mean sea level

TCu

Towering Cumulus

agl

above ground level

Cb

Cumulonimbus

Flight Information Service communications

ATS

Air Traffic Service

Royal New Zealand Air Force

in vicinity of aerodrome Thunderstorm

ATC

Air Traffic Control

VC

in vicinity of aerodrome

Probabilityxx%

TIL

Until

FM

From

Becoming

Temporarily

Routine air report from aircraft in flight

FIR

Flight Information Region

Internet Flight Information Service

VFR

Visual flight rules

Automatic Terminal Information Service

BWR

Basic weather report

New Zealand Flight Information Region

Aerodrome special routine meteorological report

Automatic aerodrome routine meteorological report

Aerodrome routine meteorological report

TAF

Aerodrome forecast

Area forecast

Significant meteorological information