While cockpit navigational aids might assist general aviation pilots with awareness of terrain, aircraft and weather, the ability to maintain accurate and comprehensive cognitive representations of the aviation environment remains a critical cognitive aviation task. The present research reports on the relationship of age, pilot experience and cognitive health to situation awareness scores for 27 licensed private pilots in a simulated flight protocol. ANOVA and linear regression analyses revealed that age, recent pilot-in-command hours and the cognitive health indices of working memory performance and reaction time (auditory stimuli) were uniquely associated with three levels of pilots’ situation awareness scores. Implications regarding private pilot situation awareness skill maintenance are discussed.
Van Benthem, K.,
Herdman, C. M.,
& Barr, A.
(2011). The Relationship of Age, Experience and Cognitive Health to Private Pilot Situation Awareness Performance. 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 499-504.