Simulator training strategies for managing startle in pilots

Martin, Wayne and Murray, Patrick (2015) Simulator training strategies for managing startle in pilots. In: Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS 2015): Promoting Flight Crew Safety and Efficiency Through Training and Assessment, 15-16 Sept 2015, Bangkok, Thailand.


A significant number of accidents over the last two decades have been attributed to loss of control issues which are likely to have been caused, or at least contributed to, by inappropriate or ineffective control efforts by pilots during unexpected critical events. The concept of startle has become more prominent as a result of these, and other recent accidents such as Colgan, Air France 447, and others, and significant research by the author has contributed to a wider understanding of the nature and effects of startle, within an aviation context.

The concept of 'innoculation against startle by exposure to surprising events' is proposed as a means of better equipping pilots to manage unexpected critical events. Using evidence based training as an underlying basis, training pilots to manage unusual and critical events in a positive and constructive manner, will lead to greater self-efficacy and less likelihood of startle-induced, loss of control. Specific training scenarios and training philosophy are discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 01:14
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 03:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: startle; simulator training
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified

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