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Seminar: Assessing Decision Making and Expertise

Jessica Cruit, Institute of Simulation and Training
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
144 Baker Systems
1971 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Seminar by Jessica Cruit

Research Associate

Institute of Simulation and Training


Weather-related accidents continue to challenge the general aviation (GA) community and with the development of advanced weather technology, GA pilots need additional education and training on how to effectively use these weather products to ensure flight safety. Currently, the literature on aviation weather suggests that there is a gap in both training and assessment strategy for GA pilots. Furthermore, several studies advocate assessing GA pilots at a deeper level of learning by including weather-based, scenario/application questions on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) written exam for private pilots. In this talk, I will discuss the development of a scenario-based aviation weather assessment used to predict GA pilot performance. The results of the studies discussed in this talk indicated that scores on the scenario-based assessment were a strong predictor of aviation weather performance. These results support the need for scenario-based weather questions on the FAA written exam for private pilots. Future work is aimed at generalizing the results of the study to assess a broader range of pilots with the ultimate goal of helping aviation officials and educators better assess and train general aviation pilots on weather-related topics.

Jessica Cruit is a training psychologist with expertise in performance measurement. After teaching nearly ten years in the human factors department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Jessica Received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the same institution. Since graduating, Jessica has further developed her experience in training and performance assessment at the Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division and in the Department of Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Currently, Jessica is a research associate at the Institute of Simulation and Training where she is helping to design effective training solutions to the Naval fleet as part of the Sailor 2025 effort. Outside of research and academics, Jessica performs dance through musicals and theater productions around the Disney Orlando area and also competes on the US Masters swim team.