Weatherwise

Evaluation of a cue-based training approach for the recognition of deteriorating weather conditions during flight

Mark Wiggins*, David O'Hare

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Inappropriate and ineffective weather-related decision making continues to account for a significant proportion of general aviation fatalities in the United States and elsewhere. This study details the evaluation of a computer-based training system that was developed to provide visual pilots with the skills necessary to recognize and respond to the cues associated with deteriorating weather conditions during flight. A total of 66 pilots were assigned to one of two groups, and the evaluation process was undertaken at both a self-report and performance level. At the self-report level, the results suggested that pilots were more likely to use the cues following exposure to the training program. From a performance perspective, there is evidence to suggest that cue-based training can improve the timeliness of weather-related decision making during visual flight rules flight. Actual or potential applications of this research include the development of computer-based training systems for fault diagnosis in complex industrial environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-345
Number of pages9
JournalHuman Factors
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

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