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Aviation safety statistics show that checklist utilization by pilots is one of many safety-critical aspects of flight operations. Flight training practice and experience in teaching student pilots to the principles of the multi-crew flight environment require addressing the checklist issue. Conventionally there have been two contradictory flight safety aspects relevant to checklist usage in flight operations. Flight safety standards require that checklists must be performed in-full during normal and non-normal flight situations. Conversely, checklists can be sources of pilot distraction from controlling the airplane that may compromise flight safety. A FAA approved Flight Training Device (FTD) was used to prove the possibility to measure student pilot performance during various checklist applications. This study is directed to finding specific correlations between different methods of checklist usage and the level of student pilot performance. The proposed methodology may be applied for research and improvement of various pilot training programs.