What is meant by good flying judgment. Is it "professionalism." "Maturity." "Flying experience." Is judgment something pilots are born with or can it be taught or modified by a flight instructor. How can you tell if a pilot has good judgment. This report presents an indepth examination of each of these questions from the perspectives of aviation and psychology. A definition of pilot judgment is presented consisting of an intellective part (How well can you think.) and a motivative part (are you cautious or risky.). Evidence was found from research in other fields such as medicine and business that indicates that both aspects of judgment can be taught. This and other research also indicates that judgment can be evaluated. Combining these research findings with educational principles and the opinions of professional aviation educators, a broad outline for a judgment training and evaluation program is presented. Suggestions are made for implementation of judgment training and evaluation techniques in ground school and aircraft training. For schools with computer-aided instruction programs and/or simulators, some methods for using these devices are suggested. In view of the accident statistics and the favorable findings concerning judgment training in other fields, it is suggested that judgment training could be highly beneficial to civil aviation safety.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Savoy

    Aviation Research Laboratory, Willard Airport
    Savoy, IL  United States  61874
  • Authors:
    • Jensen, R S
    • BENEL, R A
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 152 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181896
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-78-24 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA77WA-3920
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1979 12:00AM