Title

Explorative Study on the Factors Influencing Aviation Education in a Developing Country

Presenter Email

hazrony@gmail.com

Location

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

Start Date

14-8-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

14-8-2018 10:15 AM

Submission Type

Presentation

Other Topic Area

Ground Training for the Private Pilot License and Commercial Pilot license

Keywords

Aviation Education, Curriculum of Pilot Training, Instructional Strategies, Pilot Training, Ground Training, Challenges of Aviation Education, Influencing Factors of Aviation Education

Abstract

This study explores how curriculum, instructional strategies and instructors’ competencies influence aviation education in the context of a developing country. Another purpose of the study is to find out the challenges of aviation education. Aviation education is a comparatively new initiative in developing countries, which consists of Pilot training program, aviation management and aircraft maintenance. This study is limited to only the pilot training program. For this study Bangladesh represents as a developing country which is chosen by convenient sampling. A qualitative multiple case study method has been chosen for finding answers of the research questions. Four classrooms were selected as units of analysis from two flying schools. Classroom observation, interviews with instructors and students were conducted to find out the current scenario of implementation of aviation curriculum in flying schools. Aviation professionals, who are affiliated with international airliners, were interviewed to know the employability of graduates from flying schools of a developing country, required qualities of a pilot and challenges of aviation education in the context of a developing country.

This study finds that the curriculum for pilot training program is not updated which can be improved by incorporating new courses, amending assessment system and collaborating with flying schools of developed countries. The instructional strategies such as taking students to the hanger shows positive outcome but instructors are more inclined to the traditional approaches like lecture method. The pedagogical competencies and teaching strategies of the instructors need improvement which can be done through further training and exchange programs of instructors. It is also found that flying schools have sufficient and updated resources but the instructors are not trained to use those high-tech resources. The schools are not emphasizing on developing the human qualities such as Leadership, Honesty, Integrity, Creativity, Critical-thinking and team work, which are required to become aviation professionals. These qualities are measured using syllabus evaluation, class observations, interviews with students and instructors. These findings suggest various changes which incorporates co-curricular activities and improvisation of methods to enrich the human qualities in aviation schools. There is lack of communication and co-ordination among airliners, flying schools and Civil Aviation Authorities, which is not helping the improvement of the pilot training. Cost of the course and planning of the course are found as challenges for the pilot training in a developing country. The job opportunities in renowned international airlines is very limited due to the training and lack of scopes. The findings of the study can be used to inform the Civil Aviation authority and flying schools to update the curriculum, bring a change in teaching strategies and training of the instructors. This study also informs the civil aviation authority about the challenges of aviation education and ways to overcome the challenges.

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Presented during Session 4: Flight Training

Presenter Biography

Hasan is a commercial pilot and faculty from Bangladesh. He simultaneously completed his flying training from Arirang Flying School and Graduation (2014) and post-Graduation (2015) from Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka.

Hasan achieved very good position in his graduation and post-graduation with multiple research work. His area of concern in academic arena is Science Mathematics and Technology Education (SMTE). He is working as a faculty of Green University of Bangladesh since September, 2016. He is the coordinator of Green University Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning and has completed several aviation research in aviation which mainly focused on aviation education and training.

He achieved his Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) from Arirang flying school in 2016 under Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB). He accepted the offer letter as cadet pilot of national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh airlines and joined the airlines in August, 2017.

Hasan is a leadership graduate from Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre. He is also a facilitator of leadership programs in Bangladesh. He is affiliated with various social organizations.

Hasan is the co-founder of Bangladesh Science outreach, an organization which is promoting science education for the students of the school.

Hasan loves extreme sports. He is a mountaineer and triathlete. He has completed 20,000 feet climbing in Annapurna, Nepal and aspires to reach the top of Mt. Everest. He was the president of Dhaka University Mountaineering and Adventure Club.

Hasan is debater and motivational speaker. He loves to talk and influence others. Hasan has achieved various championship representing his university.

Hasan aspires to be the first astronaut from Bangladesh. He loves aviation and flying. He believes the aviation industry and technology can change the future of human civilization.

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Aug 14th, 9:00 AM Aug 14th, 10:15 AM

Explorative Study on the Factors Influencing Aviation Education in a Developing Country

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

This study explores how curriculum, instructional strategies and instructors’ competencies influence aviation education in the context of a developing country. Another purpose of the study is to find out the challenges of aviation education. Aviation education is a comparatively new initiative in developing countries, which consists of Pilot training program, aviation management and aircraft maintenance. This study is limited to only the pilot training program. For this study Bangladesh represents as a developing country which is chosen by convenient sampling. A qualitative multiple case study method has been chosen for finding answers of the research questions. Four classrooms were selected as units of analysis from two flying schools. Classroom observation, interviews with instructors and students were conducted to find out the current scenario of implementation of aviation curriculum in flying schools. Aviation professionals, who are affiliated with international airliners, were interviewed to know the employability of graduates from flying schools of a developing country, required qualities of a pilot and challenges of aviation education in the context of a developing country.

This study finds that the curriculum for pilot training program is not updated which can be improved by incorporating new courses, amending assessment system and collaborating with flying schools of developed countries. The instructional strategies such as taking students to the hanger shows positive outcome but instructors are more inclined to the traditional approaches like lecture method. The pedagogical competencies and teaching strategies of the instructors need improvement which can be done through further training and exchange programs of instructors. It is also found that flying schools have sufficient and updated resources but the instructors are not trained to use those high-tech resources. The schools are not emphasizing on developing the human qualities such as Leadership, Honesty, Integrity, Creativity, Critical-thinking and team work, which are required to become aviation professionals. These qualities are measured using syllabus evaluation, class observations, interviews with students and instructors. These findings suggest various changes which incorporates co-curricular activities and improvisation of methods to enrich the human qualities in aviation schools. There is lack of communication and co-ordination among airliners, flying schools and Civil Aviation Authorities, which is not helping the improvement of the pilot training. Cost of the course and planning of the course are found as challenges for the pilot training in a developing country. The job opportunities in renowned international airlines is very limited due to the training and lack of scopes. The findings of the study can be used to inform the Civil Aviation authority and flying schools to update the curriculum, bring a change in teaching strategies and training of the instructors. This study also informs the civil aviation authority about the challenges of aviation education and ways to overcome the challenges.