A national online survey was developed to examine differences in competency issues between younger and older pilot groups as perceived by flight instructors and pilot examiners. With their expertise in pilot competencies and a broad age-range of clientele, flight instructors and pilot examiners were considered a rich source of untapped data. Results indicated that respondents were more likely to identify decision-making and problem solving as a concern for younger pilots. Error recognition and procedural knowledge were more likely to be highlighted as concerns for older pilots. In addition, physical ability to fly the aircraft during training and currency review was three times more likely to be selected as a concern for older pilots. Patterns in perceived competency differences between age groups can inform targeted flight safety strategies.
Van Benthem, K.,
Herdman, C. M.,
& Garrett, S.
(2011). Flight Instructors and Pilot Examiners Perceptions of Older and Younger Pilot Competency and Safety Concerns. 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 511-516.