Aviation Researchers Get #2.5 Million Contract
AVIATION RESEARCHERS WIN $2.5 MILLION, FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT COLUMBUS -- Researchers at The Ohio State University have won a Federal Aviation Administration contract that could bring in up to $2.5 million over the next five years. The contract focuses on studies of pilot behaviors in aircraft. Richard Jensen, associate professor of aviation and of industrial and systems engineering, and Gerald Chubb, assistant professor of aviation, are the principal investigators on the project, which was awarded last month. Keys to winning the project, Jensen said, were the Ohio State airport and the university's flight education program, which will serve as laboratories for this research. Another key was the cooperation between researchers in the departments of Aviation, Psychology, and Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the colleges of Education and Business. This new FAA contract differs from a research grant in that it is divided into specific research tasks to be studied during the five-year period. All of the studies will focus on the way pilots make decisions during their flights. Most topics will focus mainly on general, rather than commercial, aviation. Jensen and his colleagues have spent more than a decade trying to develop safeguards and training improvements for both general and commercial pilots. In making its award, the FAA cited studies which determined that the weak link in aviation was most often not just the pilot, but the pilot's judgment. One study found that more than half of pilot-caused fatal accidents can be classified as decision-making accidents. Among first tasks for the research team are: (1) investigating how general aviation pilots can maintain a realistic and effective minimum level of training; (2) developing models for how pilots make decisions in flight; (3) studying pilot fatigue, and (4) studying the potential for transferring training from simulators to personal computers. "This new assignment clearly places Ohio State at the forefront of aviation research in this country, if not the world," Jensen said. # Contact: Richard Jensen (614) 292-8378. [Submitted by: GERSTNER (firstname.lastname@example.org) Fri, 22 Oct 93 14:24:01 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.