Performance-based evaluation of flight student landings: Implications for risk management

Ryan Olson, John Austin

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Beginning flight students (N = 28) participated in a performance-based landing measurement system. Students recorded contextual variables for each flight then students and instructors independently rated 12 dimensions of the last landing as meeting or deviating from standards in a specific fashion. Several contextual variables were correlated with errors including studying requirements (r = -. 11, p < .05), and errors decreased as students completed lessons (r = -.34, p < .01). Flare and follow-through problems were most common, occurring on 48.5% and 43.3% of landings, respectively. The project highlights the potential benefits of student self-evaluation and instructor-student collaborations and promotes the value of behavior-based safety processes in aviation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Aviation Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 22 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Psychology
  • Computer Science Applications


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