|[Data]||[<Normal page] [PEREZGONZALEZ Jose D [au] & Kam HP YIU [ed] (2010). Ergonomization needs in general aviation (summary). Journal of Knowledge Advancement & Integration (ISSN 1177-4576), 2012, pages 313-315.]|
New technologies in GA
Perezgonzalez, Gilbey & Diaz Vilela (20102) examined the need for new technologies by single pilot operators in the general aviation industry on a global scale. This was achieved by using an online survey requesting participants to rank the importance of various flight management features3. These were 22 technological features in total, grouped into five distinctive categories.
Illustration 1 sums up the results of the study. Overall, they showed that cost factors were regarded as the most important feature by the group of general aviation pilots, followed by flight support. The results also indicated that instructors valued new flight technologies the most, while female pilots were less concerned with new flight technologies.
|Illustration 1. General aviation pilots' ranking on the importance of new flight management features|
|Pilot||Low cost||Flight support||Monitoring||Post-flight analysis||3-D display|
|Male||Important||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|Female||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|Airplane||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|Helicopter||Medium importance||Medium importance||Important||Little importance||Very little importance|
|Glider||Important||Medium importance||Little importance||Very important||Little importance|
|Training||Important||Medium importance||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance|
|Instructing||Important||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance||Important|
|Business||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|Recreation||Important||Little importance||Very little importance||Little importance||Very little importance|
|New Zealand||Medium importance||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|USA||Important||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|No License||Medium importance||Medium importance||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance|
|Private License||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|Commercial License||Medium importance||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|Air Transport License||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance|
|Average||Medium importance||Medium importance||Little importance||Little importance||Little importance|
Exploratory study investigating GA pilots' needs for new technologies.
70 pilots participated in the survey. The majority of the sample represented male, airline pilots, based in New Zealand.
Materials & analysis
An online questionnaire with a list of 22 technological features, adapted from Perezgonzalez and Lee (2009)1. Participants were asked to rank the importance of the various technological features and cost factors on a six-anchor Likert scale. The 22 technological features were reduced to five components (principal component analysis) and the data was analysed using SPSS version 16.
The results are transformed into color-coded labels for this article, according to the following convention: 0.00-0.49, No importance (white); 0.50-1.49, Very little importance (green); 1.50-2.49, Little importance (yellow); 2.50-3.49, Medium importance (orange); 3.50-4.49, Important (red); 4.50-5.00, Very important (purple).
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Authors / Editors
Kam HP YIU [ed] (2012). School of Aviation, Massey University. YIU Paulson
Jose D PEREZGONZALEZ [au] (2012). Massey University, Turitea Campus, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. (JDPerezgonzalez).