Accession Number : ADA188408

Title :   Private Pilot Judgement Training in Flight School Settings,

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Personal Author(s) : Diehl, Alan E ; Lester, Lewis F

PDF Url : ADA188408

Report Date : May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : Pilot judgment errors have long been recognized as an important factor in aviation accidents. Previous studies have demonstrated that specialized training procedures can significantly reduce the number of decisional errors made by newly certified private pilots during in-flight tests. However, the subjects in these studies were all college-age students enrolled in full time aviation training programs which were taught by highly motivated instructors. The present study examined the utility of revised judgement training was compared with that of a control group drawn from these same FBOs. The behavioral test of judgement was in the form of an observation flight administered by observers who were uninformed of the details of the experimental design. Students and instructors also completed a critique of the program materials. The results of the study suggest that improvements in pilot decisionmaking skills can be achieved in the less formal instructional climate which characterizes many conventional flight school programs. The revised judgement training program and instructional materials are acceptable to the user community, and most participants found them to be very useful.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TRAINING, *JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), AVIATION ACCIDENTS, CLIMATE, CONTROL, ERRORS, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, FLIGHT TESTING, INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, INSTRUCTIONS, INSTRUCTORS, MATERIALS, OBSERVATION, PILOTS, SCHOOLS, STUDENTS, TRAINING, DECISION MAKING, SKILLS

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE