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Monday, July 13, 2015

Airline Pilots Wanted

To Take a Survey...

"The intent of this survey is to collect data from pilot opinions with respect to system related measures of air traffic control."

Julian Archer

Julian Archer is a PhD. Student in The School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is specializing in the area of Human Factors and Air Transportation Systems. Julian has Bachelor Degrees in Aeronautical Science and Human Factors Psychology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also has Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guyana. Julian is also an FAA certified Commercial Pilot. You can visit his website for more info:
  

"As part of my aviation related PhD research at Purdue University I am surveying various stakeholders of the National Airspace System. One stakeholder group I am surveying includes Airline Transport Pilots in the U.S." 



Who can take the survey?

  • Airline Transport Pilot within the U.S.
The survey will only take 10-15 minutes as there are 13 multiple choice questions. Participation is completely voluntary, and the survey is 100% anonymous as no identifying information is collected.

Thank you so much! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

8 comments:

  1. Thank you Karlene for introducing Julian and his work. I will be sure to check out his website and take a look at his survey, Wishing you a pleasant and productive week ahead!

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  2. I signed in to the survey site to explore a bit, but certainly bailed out long before anything was recorded. Just curious... Sorry to say it, but the survey's structure is - hmm, what's the right, polite word, perhaps a bit lacking. (I am not qualified to complete the survey and won't) Julian is asking very valid questions, but the structure probably won't produce the results that he is seeking. (Yup, I do know know a little about survey and study design and Yup, the gentleman should have consulted a few other departments at NW before he published this thing.) IMO, Julian is on the right track - and asking very important questions, but I don't think this survey will give him what he wants. Very sorry to be so blunt and I suspect that his research will still be of great benefit, but... Pursuing increased safety in aviation is a no-fault, all are welcome cause. Still, the reader, the regulator and especially the pilot must continue to apply the often harsh, critical eye to every published suggestion. That is not an easy task and serves as one more example about why today's pilots must have a substantial education. Stick and rudder skills, (hand/eye/foot coordination) remain essential, but sorry, they are no longer enough. Mastery of the machine and its logic are now mandatory. The now stale question, "...why is it doing that," or "... what is it doing now..." are no linger funny. Today's pilots must know the answers to those and many more questions, and long before the almighty Parking brake is released. Sorry for the mini-dissertation, Karlene, but IMO, s/he who is in command of those huge flying machines - and often >400 lives simply DO need to know darn near everything about their machines and the multiple systems that allow them to move from A to B, safely. I hop that the public finally understands that a safe flight involves a LOT more than take off, sipping bad coffee and landing. As always, best regards to my favorite pilot/granny/college student, one who also keeps her COG and AOA exactly where they belong.
    -Craig
    of Cedarglen

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    1. Craig, this is excellent feedback!! I will make sure he comes here to take a look. I've had the nurse hat on babysitting my hubby in the hospital for 5 days, and just got out. Catching up on homework, so have not had a chance to take it myself. I will make a point to.

      And while we never want to hear this type of feedback, This is exactly what we need to hear. When I make mine, I will definitely send it your way and would appreciate equally honest feedback.

      A huge thank you!!
      Karlene

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    2. Craig, I found your comment interesting.
      However I’m wondering what you meant by the structure of the survey is lacking?
      I’m very open to constructive criticism so I know how to do a better job in the future.
      If you can shed more light on that point it would be greatly appreciated.

      Needless to say I hope you didn't take the intention of the survey the wrong way. My work has no bearing on trying to take the pilot out cockpit (In fact I would personally never fly in such a plane with my "free will" given the limited knowledge I have about flight operations lol). Rather the work is more focused on improving air traffic management activities given stakeholder feedback with respect to a variety of performance measures.

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    3. Hi Craig -

      I left a note for you on Karlene's Blog.
      Seems like I initially created a new comment instead of replying to this one.

      Julian.

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  3. @ Craig

    I found your comment interesting.However I’m wondering what you meant by the structure of the survey is lacking? I’m very open to constructive criticism so I know how to do a better job in the future. If you can shed more light on that point it would be greatly appreciated.

    Needless to say I hope you didn't take the intention of the survey the wrong way. My work has no bearing on trying to take the pilot out cockpit (In fact I would personally never fly in such a plane with my "free will" given the limited knowledge I have about flight operations lol). Rather the work is more focused on improving air traffic management activities given stakeholder feedback with respect to a variety of performance measures.

    Also, thanks for the best wishes!
    Julian

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    1. Julian, you need to reply to Craig's response for it to go to his inbox. Not create a new string. Just click on reply above and say "I left you a question on the blog..." Something like that and he will see it.
      Now... I just checked out the survey and am emailing you. I understand what he means.

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