The Relationship between Time of Day and Student Check Ride Performance

Steven C. Goetz, Michael F. Robertson, Bryan T. Harrison, Matthew J. Romero


The purpose of this research is to investigate if there is a relationship between check ride performance and the time of day that these check rides occur.  The population for this study was students in the flight training program at a midsized-midwestern university. The study utilized the results of more than 10,000 check rides, specifically examining the outcome with respect to time of day.  A Chi Squared test yielded a significant finding for the data overall (χ²=363.910, df=2, n=10998, p<.001) indicating that there is a difference in the actual evaluation outcomes when compared to starting time versus the expected outcomes.  Further study of chronotypes in aviation and specifically flight training was recommended. 

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