Effective airline operations require coordination among various specializations such as pilot, flight dispatch, and maintenance. Interpositional knowledge (IPK) and task mental models are emergent cognitive states that can facilitate effective coordination. This study examined the extent of IPK and similarity and accuracy of task mental models among aerospace students. Results indicated relatively low levels of IPK and mental model similarity and moderate levels of mental model accuracy. Training activities that enhance IPK and task mental models have the potential to improve coordination and performance of airline personnel.
Littlepage, G. E.,
& Henslee, J. A.
(2011). Multiteam Coordination in Simulated Airline Operations: Assessment of Interpositional Knowledge and Task Mental Models. 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 603-608.