Collegiate flight students' willingness to pilot in different aircraft sanitization scenarios
Wheeler, B., Shacknai, J., Valluzzi, N., & Li, T. (2021). Collegiate flight students' willingness to pilot in different aircraft sanitization scenarios. Journal of Management & Engineering Integration, 14(1), 1-8.
The COVID-19 pandemic has added an entirely new dimension to flight education and training, thus highlighting the importance of understanding student perceptions of training in the close quarters of small, piston aircraft. Schools and institutions across the world have developed cleaning procedures and policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing collegiate programs. Flight schools face a greater challenge relating to the sanitization and the scheduling of an aircraft because social distancing in a light training aircraft is impossible, and an aircraft is particularly challenging to clean because of sensitive equipment and numerous touch surfaces. We used a stratified cluster sample of Part 141 collegiate flight students from the core Aeronautics courses to recruit participants at all levels of training for a questionnaire. Ninety-seven responses were collected. The within-subjects design presented four aircraft sanitization scenarios in a random order to each participant to determine willingness to pilot (Rice et al., 2020) under various sanitization procedures: (1) assignment to an aircraft at random with no sanitization or scheduling procedures, (2) assignment to an aircraft at random with an Instructor who is responsible for the cleaning of the aircraft with alcohol wipes, (3) assignment to an aircraft that is specifically assigned to the same Instructor and his/her students, and (4) assignment to an aircraft that is specifically assigned to the same Instructor and his/her students every day and Instructor who is responsible for the cleaning of the aircraft with alcohol wipes. Sanitization scenarios with more precautions resulted in a higher willingness to pilot measurements.