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Understanding student pilot mental workload in recreational aircraft training

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posted on 2021-03-30, 23:02 authored by Ronald W Bishop, Mitchell Jim, Talitha BestTalitha Best
The increase in air travel worldwide has resulted in a pilot shortage. To increase student pilot capacity and lower costs, flight schools have increased the use of recreational aircraft (RA) with technological advanced cockpits in flight schools. The impact of RA based training compared to general aviation (GA) aircraft training on student mental workload is not well understood. This research investigated student pilot (N = 17) awareness of mental workload between technologically advanced cockpit equipped RA training with analogue gauge equipped GA training. The results showed a significantly higher rating of mental workload across subscales of mental and physical demand on the NASA-TLX in recreational aviation aircraft training compared to GA aircraft. Similarly, thematic content analysis of follow-up questions identified that mental workload of the student pilots flying the RA was perceived to be more than the GA aircraft.

History

Volume

14

Issue

3

Start Page

193

End Page

196

Number of Pages

4

eISSN

1307-6892

Location

Sydney

Publisher

World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Index

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

External Author Affiliations

Western Sydney University

Author Research Institute

  • Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

International Journal of Educational and Pedagogical Sciences

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