Implementing Jet Aircraft Training in a University Setting: Instructor Perceptions and Lessons Learned

This article reports on a study that investigated instructor pilots’ first-hand experiences when conducting training for collegiate flight students in a jet aircraft. While jet training has been conducted in simulators in the past, this was one of the first instances of training in an actual aircraft. A total of 22 students completed training in a very light jet aircraft during the spring semester of their junior year at the subject university. A group of four instructors conducted both simulator and flight training with the students. The authors collected data by questionnaire from the instructors throughout the length of the 16-week semester. All survey items used open-ended, essay-style responses. Topics for response included perceptions of the training program, student strengths, student challenges, and overall program assessment. At the conclusion of the training period, participants completed a structured interview. The authors found that students excelled in areas such as Garmin avionics programming, use of standardized operating procedures, and checklist usage. Students were challenged by the increased operating speeds of the jet aircraft, descent planning, and lesson preparedness. The instructors offered suggestions to enhance the course and provided a summary of the lessons learned. For example, instructors suggested the use of quizzes before certain flight lessons as a tool to motivate and confirm students are staying current on operating procedures, memory items, and limitations.

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  • Authors:
    • Winter, Scott R
    • Kirschner, Jennifer E
    • Leib, Steven M
    • Fanjoy, Richard O
  • Publication Date: 2013


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 140-152
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  • Accession Number: 01531956
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2014 6:36PM