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Daytona Beach


School of Graduate Studies

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The study evaluates training at a collegiate flight training program providing metrics for time and costs from zero time to a Private Pilot. Training times for flights and activities are pulled from a sophisticated database used at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and matched with flight and ground school lessons and then further subdivided to determine the amount of time spent training in areas of operation that are prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration in the published Practical Test Standards and Airman Certification Standards for those seeking pilot licenses and ratings. Provided are mean times and costs for a prospective pilot to attain Private licenses at Embry-Riddle. The records of 286 students in the FAA approved Private pilot course were pulled, de-identified, and analyzed. ANOVA was used to compare the training times across areas of operation. The results provide insight into those areas requiring the most training and would perhaps benefit the Simplified Vehicle Operation program at NASA by helping to identify candidate technologies proposed to be developed by the program office.



Denver, CO

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AIAA 2017-3087

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