Date of Award

Summer 2016

Access Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Factors


Human Factors and Systems

Committee Chair

Christina Frederick, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Thomas A. Guinn, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Joseph R. Keebler, Ph.D.

Third Committee Member

Eric Vaden, M.S.


Weather-related accidents continue to challenge the general aviation community and with the development of advanced weather technology, GA pilots need additional education and training on how to effectively use these weather products to ensure flight safety. Currently, the literature on aviation weather suggests that there is a gap in both training and assessment strategy for GA pilots. Furthermore, several studies suggest that there needs to be more assessment of weather-related scenario/application questions for the private pilot’s written knowledge exam in order to assess a deeper level of knowledge for weather-related material. The purpose of this study is to design a scenario-based exam that assesses GA pilots’ weather knowledge and then to determine whether the scenario-based exam better predicts GA pilot performance in a simulated weather scenario than a traditional weather-related exam. The results of the study could potentially help aviation officials better assess and train general aviation pilots on weather-related topics.