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Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Human Factors & Systems
Human Factors and Systems
Elizabeth Blickensderfer, Ph.D.
Christina Frederick-Recascino, PhD
Don Hunt, MS
This study investigated the relationship between age and the perception of competence of pilots by the traveling public. Scenarios were utilized that depicted an airline captain successfully landing an airplane amidst adverse conditions. Scenarios varied only by the age of the Captain: Young, Old, or Unspecified Age and that the Young and Old scenarios included a photo of the captain. Perceived effectiveness, competence, avoidance, blame, and attribution as depicted by the Captain's performance in the scenario were assessed by 180 participants in three age groups (18-34, 35-55, and 56 <). Results showed that pilot age is a factor in perceived competence of pilots as well as participant age.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Stelmach, Laura M., "Perceived Competence of Aging Pilots" (2005). Theses - Daytona Beach. 188.