The present research attempts a multidimensional threat and error management performance analysis of pilots flying according to visual flight rules, during the recovery from four unusual aircraft states: extreme pitch, overbanked attitude, full stall and spin. An anticipative training program was developed based on flight mechanical and psychophysiological analysis of an expert’s performance. Training took place in a flight simulator and was preceded and followed by check flights with an aerobatic aircraft, a Pitts S-2B, supervised by an expert aerobatic flight instructor. In a between-groups design, a multidimensional assessment was applied, comprising psychophysiological measures of arousal, emotion, subjective, workload and anticipative comparison processes as complementary to technical performance criteria. Our results evidenced benefits of combined theoretical and practical anticipative flight instruction for the threat and error management in complex flight maneuvers.
& Boucsein, W.
(2009). Multidimensional Evaluation of Pilot`S Threat and Error Management Performance During Complex Flight Maneuvers. 2009 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 533-538.