The public health emergency has adversely impacted the aviation community, resulting in reduced air traffic operations and challenges for the workforce. The Air Traffic Controller workforce has experienced interruptions to initial and on-the-job training due to social distancing practices and extended periods of reduced traffic. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) transitioned components of its air traffic training to an online (virtual) platform to continue training and reduce delays. An initial evaluation of the FAA’s Virtual Air Traffic Basics and Virtual Initial Lessons courses was conducted by examining air traffic control trainee (N = 180) perceptions of the virtual format. Preliminary findings suggest that trainees were satisfied with the virtual courses and found the virtual environment to be supportive of their learning and helpful for developing air traffic knowledge. Challenges of the virtual format were noted as well. Implications of the current findings for virtual training are discussed.
Torrence, B. S.,
& Long, C.
(2021). Transitioning From Face-to-Face to Virtual Training: Trainee Perceptions of Virtual Air Traffic Training. 89th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 262-267.