Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Aeronautical Science


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Thorsten Hisam

Committee Member

Dr. James Blanchard


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between National, Organizational and Professional Cultures and the attitudes toward managing advanced automation among the flightcrew of two international airlines. The Flight Management Attitudes Questionnaire developed by the University of Texas was utilized to determine the attitudes and perceptions held by airline pilots of various nationalities who fly late model Airbus and Boeing airliners. A census survey was conducted at the crew bases of the two airlines, one in the Middle East and other in South Asia. A total of 230 completed surveys were received. Chi Square analysis was used to establish significance between the different variables. The results show that national culture as well as age, rank, aircraft type, training, and levels of computer literacy, have a profound effect on the strategies and approaches used by pilots of the survey sample in managing automation.