Resilience Attributes of Certificated Flight Instructors

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David Cross
Kristine Kiernan


The aviation industry has extensive vocabulary, data sources, and theoretical models to investigate human errors. However, the industry does not have commensurate ways to think about and analyze human success. Learning from successful routine operations is challenging because the corresponding common language and data streams are less robust. This paper explores the use of the critical incident debrief method to collect data on routine resilient performance among Certificated Flight Instructors (CFI). CFI thoughts and behaviors were coded in accordance with resilience theory. The critical incident debrief method is a valuable source of data for exploring resilient performance as it provides researchers with insights into CFI thoughts and intentions that may not be observable through their behaviors. CFI performance can be analyzed through the lens of resilience theory, but coding reliability remains a challenge

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