Survey Seeks Airline And Instrument-Rated Private Pilots


Researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) are looking for instrument-rated private pilots and airline pilots who also fly general aviation aircraft to complete a survey on the amount and type of non-revenue flying each group engages in. The study’s purpose is to determine how safely airline pilots operate light aircraft under Part 91. Instrument-rated private pilots will be referenced as a control group.

Information from the survey will be analyzed alongside NTSB accident data for both groups from the period between 1988 and 2017. Accident data assessed will include phase of operation, flight history, demographics of accident pilots, accident causes, ambient flight conditions (lighting and IMC/VMC) and injury severity. Researchers hope the study will prove useful in improving general aviation safety for either or both groups of pilots.

The survey questionnaire, which can be found at, takes approximately five minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous and, other than age, personal information is not collected. The results of the study are expected to be published via peer-reviewed academic journal two to three months after the survey closes.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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