Surveying Collegiate Student Pilots for Their Perspectives on Their Collegiate Flight Training Experience
Women make up roughly half of the population, but continue to be an underrepresented group in aviation. They constitute nearly 14% of student pilots, but only 8% of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates, leading to a lack of understanding why a substantial number of women do not complete their training. Past diversity initiatives have not resulted in a sufficient increase in the numbers. This paper discusses a study in progress that is intended to gain perceptions of women’s experiences and obstacles in collegiate flight programs using a longitudinal survey of collegiate pilots. The aim of the study is to generate guidelines on how flight programs can impact change to welcome and retain their female students. We provide a preview of the survey structure based on a thematic analysis of the literature, present metrics we will track throughout the study from the themes uncovered, and discuss survey dissemination plans.
& Whitford, D. K.
(2021). Surveying Collegiate Student Pilots for Their Perspectives on Their Collegiate Flight Training Experience. 40th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 92-97.