OMIR event type and frequency at a collegiate flight program
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Wheeler, B., Redden, K., Bonilla, D., Fox, G., & Silver, I. (2020). OMIR event type and frequency at a collegiate flight program. Journal of Management & Engineering Integration, 13(1), 104-110.
Safety is the priority in aviation; policies adopted by 14 CFR Part 141 Flight Schools aim to increase safety awareness while conducting flight operations. The additional evaluations through knowledge tests and check rides at each stage of flight training can may contribute to student stress. Collegiate Part 141 flight schools have students with increased workloads and stress from the combination of courses and flight training. This ex post facto research evaluated the types of events and the frequency of Operational Mishaps and Incident Reports (OMIRs) at a collegiate, Part 141 flight school in the southeastern US. The study reviewed all reports during a three-year period and classified them into four categories: Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) violation, Flight Operations Manual (FOM), safety concern, or miscellaneous. Reports were evaluated across four-week intervals of the fall and spring semesters. There was no statistical difference between the number of OMIRs submitted by 4- week interval during the semester. This indicated that OMIRs are submitted in a relatively constant quantity throughout the duration of each semester. There was a significant difference in number of OMIRs by event type. Most OMIRs were Flight Operations Manual violations or safety concerns. This is a positive outcome from a safety perspective because the most frequent reports were not violations of FARs. These results also indicated that pilots are actively participating in the safety management system, submitting reports, even for relatively minor concerns.
Published in SOAR: Shocker Open Access Repository by Wichita State University Libraries Technical Services, November 2022.