The authors investigated a previously unaddressed problem within the curricula of the United States (U.S.) aviation institutions of higher education. Graduates of these institutions were not being prepared to work within the safety departments of the U.S. air carriers involved with one or more of the five current, voluntary programs. To ascertain the need for a solution, a subjective instrument was developed and personally administered to 13 participants within the industry. The qualitative results were interpreted, and, in combination with the knowledge gained from the immersion of a professor within a research organization, resulted in placement of some of the aforementioned content within the curriculum on one campus of one U.S. aviation university in the spring of 2005.
Weitzel, T. R.,
& Chidester, T. R.
(2005). The Need for Quality Aviation Safety Graduates: An Educational Challenge for the 21st Century. 2005 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 806-811.