Advancements in technology has made obtaining a graphical/textual preflight weather briefing easier than a traditional verbal briefing. This study compared weather briefings delivered in a verbal format (i.e., written narrative) to those delivered in a graphical format (i,e., radar map plus textual data) in a within-subjects study that altered the order in which participants received each format. Thirty-six pilot participants read and responded to weather briefings for two flight scenarios that when put together, created a simulated multi-leg flight. Each pilot’s decision making and confidence in their decision was captured via Likert-scale and open-ended questions following each scenario. Decision making response was measured based on whether participants made a “go” or “no-go” decision, along with ratings of decision confidence. This paper will present the study methods and results, as well as a discussion on weather briefing design and delivery.
& Carstens, D.
(2019). Effects of Verbal vs Graphical Weather Information on a Pilot’s Decision Making During Preflight. 20th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 349-354.