Date of Award

Summer 8-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Steven Toaddy


Pilots are required to go through many hours of instruction and flight training before obtaining certification (FAA, 2016a). This training is designed to teach trainees the relevant concepts and procedures that are needed to complete successful flight operations. However, there are many factors that can impact the effectiveness of this training. The focus of this paper is to investigate, per the request of a faculty member from a University’s Department of Professional Aviation, ways in which an aviation training program could be improved. To better understand this training program, a review of aviation training is provided. To determine if active learning via a self-seeking feedback intervention is a viable means of process improvement, previous research surrounding training and feedback are discussed. The current paper outlines the scientific literature that informed, supported, and ultimately justified the choices made during this project. Limitations and additional considerations are also provided.