Experimental study on decision making of jet airliner pilots -a case of wind shear

Ayako Kono, Hiroki Hatake, Kenichi Rinoie, Asei Tezuka, Ro Kobayashi

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Abstract

This paper deals with jet airliner pilots' "Flight Management Skill" according to their experiences. "Flight Management Skill" is "an experience-based skill which airline pilots should manage for flight safety, for economic fuel saving expenditure, for punctual flight operation and for passenger comfort." In airline companies, they stress more importance on training younger pilots with this skill, because the number of pilots with a variety of experiences is decreasing. In order to evaluate the relationship between pilots' experience and their level of "Flight Management Skill", the authors carried out flight simulation tests co-operated by airline pilots with various experiences. In this paper, the authors show the results of the simulation experiments by setting a scenario in which a wind shear arises just before landing. This scenario asks examinees to make important decisions based on the information and knowledge they have. Eight pilots with various careers participated in the experiment as examinees (four experienced captains and four co-pilots). To examine the outcomes of the experimentation, the authors recorded the examinees' utterances, flight paths, the amount of remaining fuel, and the interview after each experiment. These data were arranged into "timelines" and "decision trees" etc. and were analyzed to compare the difference of examinees' "Flight Management Skill". Some suppositions about experienced pilots' decisions were concluded as follows: Their decisions are made 1)flexibly according to the situation, 2)after considering the risks, and 3) relatively independent of external sources of information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2010, ICAS 2010
Pages4790-4802
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Event27th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2010, ICAS 2010 - Nice, France
Duration: 2010 Sep 192010 Sep 24

Publication series

Name27th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2010, ICAS 2010
Volume6

Conference

Conference27th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2010, ICAS 2010
CountryFrance
CityNice
Period10/9/1910/9/24

Keywords

  • Decision making in normal operation
  • Flight experience
  • Flight management skill
  • Naturalistic decision making
  • Wind shear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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