Date of Award

7-2011

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aeronautics

Department

Applied Aviation Sciences

Committee Chair

John Lanicci, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Elizabeth Blickensderfer, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate whether an education/ training module on NEXRAD and its products developed using Instructional Systems design criteria would be effective for General aviation pilots. Numerous studies have documented that General Aviation pilots are in need of additional education and training on weather concepts. A thorough needs analysis and literature review determined that training was the best way to address this problem. An education/training module and assessments were developed from scratch using strict instructional design criteria. Sixty students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University participated in live testing of the module. Participants were separated into control and experimental groups and took a pre-test and post-test. Statistical analysis showed that participants who received training scored significantly better between pre- and post-tests. Experimental group participants scored significantly higher than those in the control group on both a radar knowledge test as well as scenario-based questions.

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