Accession Number : ADA481119
Title : Use of Weather Information by General Aviation Pilots. Part 2. Qualitative: Exploring Factors Involved in Weather-Related Decision Making
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE
Personal Author(s) : Knecht, William R
Report Date : Mar 2008
Pagination or Media Count : 26
Abstract : Interview data obtained from 221 general aviation (GA) pilots are qualitatively scored for factors which influence weather-related decision making. Factors finding relatively strong support are (a) the specific type of weather to be faced (storms, ice, visibility, and cloud ceiling are of greatest concern to GA pilots), (b) type of flight (IFR vs. VFR), (c) pilot physiological state (primarily disorientation), and (d) the inherent uncertainty of weather and the resultant cognitive difficulty of understanding this uncertainty. Factors finding more modest support are (a) social and/or economic pressures, and (b) impulsive behavior. Additionally, relatively strong support is found in previously unpublished data for the influence of mission goals. Research directions, remediations, and the value of qualitative analysis are discussed.
Descriptors : *WEATHER , *PILOTS , *CIVIL AVIATION , *BEHAVIOR , CLOUDS , QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS , PHYSIOLOGICAL DISORIENTATION , AVIATION ACCIDENTS , STORMS , ECONOMICS , COGNITION
Subject Categories : Commercial and General Aviation
Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE