This paper discusses the human factors considerations associated with Able Flightat Purdue, a program that provides flight training to individualswith disabilities. The program requires a tailored approach to training due to the varied needs specific to each individual. Aircraft procedures and airfield operations are standard and all FAA regulations are followed, however, the way individuals with limited dexterity, limited hearing, or limited speech interact with the aviation system needs to be creatively approached with an open mind. The critical thinking used to address individual needs provides an excellent demonstration of problem solving that reflects human factorsconsiderations, based on the SHELL model, reflecting the Software, Hardware, Environment and Livewarein the aviation system. Human factors considerations extend beyond flight preparation and flight, and encompass nontraditional methods of learning, in which flight instructors adapt traditional and standard techniques to provide effective and individualized trainingtechniques. Training this unique population provides many benefits, including promoting diversity inthe aviation industry and broadening the teaching skills of flight instructors.
& Hubbard, S.
(2017). Able Flight at Purdue. 19th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 389-394.