Date of Award

6-2012

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aeronautics

Department

Applied Aviation Sciences

Committee Chair

Guy M. Smith, Ed.D.

First Committee Member

Dan M. McCune

Abstract

The Flight Training Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, has been contemplating implementing an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) in order to help protect students and instructors from certificate action. This feasibility study analyzed what motivated instructor pilots to submit safety reports, and if an ASAP would increase reporting from instructor pilots. It also identified what concerns existed among instructors and managers regarding an ASAP. A survey was given to instructors and managers; also instructors in leadership roles were interviewed. It was found that the benefit to the organization and peers was the highest motivation factor to submit safety reports and no significant evidence existed for an increase in reporting under an ASAP. In fact, instructors and managers were concerned with Federal Aviation Administration involvement and with the potential for an ASAP to decrease reporting.

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