The effect of feedback on the accuracy of checklist completion during instrument flight training

J Appl Behav Anal. 2009 Fall;42(3):497-509. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2009.42-497.


This study examined whether pilots completed airplane checklists more accurately when they receive postflight graphic and verbal feedback. Participants were 8 college students who are pilots with an instrument rating. The task consisted of flying a designated flight pattern using a personal computer aviation training device (PCATD). The dependent variables were the number of checklist items completed correctly. A multiple baseline design across pairs of participants with withdrawal of treatment was employed in this study. During baseline, participants were given postflight technical feedback. During intervention, participants were given postflight graphic feedback on checklist use and praise for improvements along with technical feedback. The intervention produced near perfect checklist performance, which was maintained following a return to the baseline conditions.

Keywords: feedback; flight checklists; pilot training.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aviation / education*
  • Biofeedback, Psychology*
  • Checklist / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training*
  • Male
  • Young Adult