Flight Experience, Risk Taking, and Hazardous Attitudes in Glider Instructors

Expérience de vol, prise de risque et attitudes dangereuses des instructeurs de vol sur planeur

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  1. Blais, A.-R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Crew members’ hazardous attitudes (including invulnerability to stressors) have been identified as possible contributing factors to many aviation accidents, and a great deal of research in this area thus far has been directed toward developing effective training programs to modify them to reflect realistic and positive attitudes towards flight safety. Yet little research has explored the role of flight experience and risk-taking attitudes in explaining hazardous attitudes, especially outside the context of general aviation. The current work extends existing research by examining the hazardous attitudes of glider instructors. It also investigates the role played by flight experience and risk-taking attitudes in predicting the instructors’ hazardous attitudes, considering both the linear and curvilinear relationships between flight experience and hazardous attitudes. These cross-sectional data, originating from 144 current and past glider instructors from five Regional Gliding Centres across Canada, provided partial support for the hypotheses. Of note were the significant quadratic components of the overall main effect of flight experience on hazardous attitudes. As well, greater risk-taking attitudes were significantly related to greater negative attitudes toward human factors, as was a basic knowledge of human factors. I summarize the findings and present limitations of the study as well as suggestions for future research.

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Keywords
Flight;Risk Taking;Hazardous Attitudes;Glider;Instructor;Flight experience
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2010-137 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2010
Number of Pages
40
DSTKIM No
CA035094
CANDIS No
534849
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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