The Effects of Preparation Techniques on Flight Training

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2005

Project Description/Abstract

This will study the relationship between different preflight preparation techniques and their impact on students’ performace during subsequent flights. Specifically, it will compare flight students’ performances after exposure to either instuctional, motivational, or meditative materials in the final few minutes before a lesson. A control group will be used as a contrast to all of the above techniques.

Students in a collegiate flight program have various competing priorities. This tends to put students under the pressures of logistics management and time.

As a result of this pressure, students sometimes have trouble concentrating on their flight lessons when they get to the airport. The goal of the study is to determine whether or not a pre-lesson relaxation ritual or preview of the maneuvers to be covered would mitigate some of the pressure and have positive effect on the experience of flight training.

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