General Aviation Pilot Behaviours in the Face of Adverse Weather


Weather-related general aviation accidents remain one of the most significant causes for concern in aviation safety. Previous studies into the factors associated with weather-related general aviation occurrences have typically compared accident and non-accident cases. In contrast, this study does not concentrate on occurrence outcome. Instead, the emphasis is on the different behaviours that pilots exhibit in the face of adverse weather and, by inference, on the decision making processes that underlie those behaviours. The work of this study is based on a set of 491 aviation accident and incident reports drawn from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) occurrence database. The study compares three groups of pilots who differed in their response to adverse weather conditions encountered during their flight.

Type: Research and Analysis Report
Publication date: 29 June 2005
ISBN: 1 921092 09 2
Publication number: B2005/0127
Related: General Aviation
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