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Risk Taking Personalities and Risk Tolerance

Recently I was fortunate enough to present Safety classes at HAI’s Heli-Expo in Dallas and AMTC in Charlotte. What awesome experiences they both were allowing me to meet some super people.   Toward the end of each class I asked for assistance from the participants as I am conducting a study into the risk personality types and general risk tolerance of helicopter pilots and more specifically air medical crew members. I believe, and preliminary findings are supporting this, that this study could easily lead to a better understanding of cockpit communications and improved CRM/AMRM, especially in the Helicopter Air Ambulance Industry where non pilot crew members are an integral part of the flight crew.

If you are either a helicopter pilot or an air medical crew member, your participation would be invaluable. I have been conducting this study for over a year now so if you have already taken it, thank you so much. If you would like a copy of your report for the Risk Type Compass just let me know when you have completed it and I can send it to you. If you have a crew or team take it, provide their names once they are complete and I can even send a team report.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly.

Thank You and please complete BOTH STEPS below;

Step 1. Click here ( to take the Demographics Survey.  Study Instructions — To participate, start with taking this short survey to help me gain some basic demographics. At the end you will be asked to provide an email address to connect the survey with the questionnaire. If you DO NOT wish to provide your email address and name, you may replace them in both the survey and Risk Type questionnaire with a unique PIN number of your choosing. It should be at least 4 digits long and exactly the same in both the survey and questionnaire so that when they are both complete we can match them up for statistical comparison. However, if you would like your results I will need your email address and name, but that is the only thing they will be used for. Also if you want your results of the Risk Type Compass please email me to let me know that.

Step 2. Click here  ( to take the online Risk Type Compass®.    Please follow the instructions below and again use the same unique PIN, or your email and name, as you did in the survey.

Enter access code: RTCKCPILOTS then click continue.

Follow the on-screen instructions

Completing just the survey does not provide enough information and will be discarded without the Risk Type Compass being completed. The survey and questionnaire together should take between 20 to 30 minutes so please ensure that you have sufficient time to devote to uninterrupted completion of the assessment.

Thanks ahead of time for your participation. I appreciate it very much and I am excited about how we can use this data to enhance training and safety.

If you have any questions or want to know more, please contact me below.  If you call please leave a message if I do not answer, as I may be out on a flight myself.  I will get back with you as soon as possible.


If there is anything else I can do for you or your flight program, please let me know.