Pilot experience is generally recognized as an insulating factor against erroneous weather-related decision making in General Aviation (GA). A pilot’s level of experience is traditionally taken to correspond to the total flight hours accrued. However, there is some evidence from aviation accident databases and research that total flight hours on its own, may be an inadequate measure of pilot experience. Indeed, pilot experience may be viewed as a multidimensional attribute, with each dimension made up of several elements or variables. How individual elements align with different dimensions, or the extent to which each dimension or the elements thereof contribute to good judgement and aeronautical decision making during adverse weather encounters is unclear. This paper reports initial results from research work carried out to evaluate the extent to which total flight hours and other flight hour related experience variables are associated with the outcome of pilots’ in-flight encounters with adverse weather.
Udo-Imeh, N. E.,
& Landry, S. J.
(2021). Dimensions of Pilot Experience and Their Contributing Variables. 63rd International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 376-384.