Aeronautics, Graduate Studies
Human error has been well studied in aviation. However, less is known about the ways in which human performance maintains and contributes to aviation safety. The lack of data on positive human performance prevents consideration of the full range of human behaviors when making safety and risk management decisions. The concept of resilient performance provides a framework to understand and classify positive human behaviors. Through interviews with commercial airline pilots, this study examined routine airline operations to evaluate the concept of resilient performance and to develop a taxonomy for success. The four enablers of resilient performance, anticipation, learning, responding, and monitoring, were found to be exhaustive but not mutually exclusive. The tenets of resilience theory apply in airline pilot behavior, but operationalizing a taxonomy will require more work.
Collegiate Aviation Review International
University Aviation Association
Scholarly Commons Citation
Kiernan, K., Cross, D. S., & Scharf, M. (2020). Developing a Taxonomy for Success in Commercial Pilot Behaviors. Collegiate Aviation Review International, 38(1). https://doi.org/10.22488/okstate.20.100203