Date of Award


Access Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Safety Science


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Brian Peacock, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Maxwell Fogleman, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Nancy J. Currie, Ph.D.


New technologies are being developed to prevent the continuing problem of Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) accidents. One such technology, the Synthetic Vision System, seems to hold the solution. While it is readily adapted to the commercial aviation instrument environment, it may not be intuitive enough for the General Aviation private pilot with minimal instrument training. This experiment attempted to examine how pilots of every experience level use and interpret the depiction of synthetic terrain to recognize and avoid potential CFIT situations. The outcome of CFIT was measured against pilot experience and display condition.