Survey Looks At Weather Decision Making

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Three Midwestern universities are asking pilots to help them solve the riddle of why VFR pilots press on in IMC conditions despite the wealth of weather tools available in the flight planning room and in the cockpit. As part of the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) Center of Excellence for General Aviation established by the FAA, pilots are being asked to take part in a survey to help researchers at Purdue, Western Michigan and Kent State Universities understand how VFR pilots gather weather information and how they apply that knowledge in flight. 

The survey looks at the types of meteorological information used, procedures and weather avoidance techniques, along with the types and recency of training in weather topics. "We are also very interested in learning about the weather technology capability you have in the airplane(s) you fly and how you utilize that equipment to make safe and timely weather avoidance decisions in flight," the survey's designers say in their pitch for participants. Participants must be 18 and active pilots and are assured of anonymity.