Aviation safety organizations have recommended that airline pilots are trained for startle and surprise. However, little information is available on useful training interventions. Therefore, a training intervention trial was executed during airline recurrent simulator training. The method consisted of a slow visual scan from the side-window, over the instruments, ending with facing the other pilot. Following a recorded video instruction, 38 airline pilots in two-pilot crews performed a training scenario in which they could apply the method. Data on application and evaluation of the method were obtained from each pilot. Few pilots actually applied the method (18.4%), and many gave low ratings to applicability of the method in the scenario, as well as in operational practice. Results show that a startle management method, as well as manner in which it is trained, should be carefully evaluated before being implemented in training practice.
Groen, E. L.,
van Paassen, M. M.,
Bronkhorst, A. W.,
& Mulder, M.
(2019). Pilot Evaluations of a Non-Verbal Startle and Surprise Management Method, Tested During Airline Recurrent Simulator Training. 20th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 337-342.