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Flight instructors’ perceptions of pilot behaviour related to gender

Leopold P. Vermeulen
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 35, No 1 | a819 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v35i1.819 | © 2009 Leopold P. Vermeulen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2009 | Published: 07 August 2009

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Leopold P. Vermeulen, Academic University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This study investigated flight instructors’ perceptions with regard to gender-related pilot behaviour. The subjects fell into two sample groups. The first sample consisted of 93 flight instructors and the second sample was a control group of 93 commercial pilots. The Aviation Gender Attitude Questionnaire (AGAQ) was administered to measure the perceptions that both groups held about female pilots’ flying proficiency and safety orientation. Statistical analysis revealed that flight instructors and commercial pilots differed significantly in their perceptions of female pilots’ flying proficiency but that the two groups did not differ in their perceptions of female pilots’ safety orientation.


flight instructors; gender; flying proficiency; safety orientation; pilot behaviour


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