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The aim of this study is to investigate the Mental Skills strategies, in particular Self-regulation strategies, of Experienced Military Multi-engine Pilots with those of Trainee Military Pilots; and to ascertain whether there is an effect on performance during simulated cockpit exercises. It is hoped that the results will give an indication and information that could impact the training of aspirant pilots and their instructors in the future.
The UK Military Flying Training System within the Royal Air Force (RAF), has been established since the RAF's inception in 1918. In February 2008 a small department within the Flying Training Base at Royal Air Force Cranwell, Lincolnshire, UK, initiated an informal coaching process with a trainee multi-engine pilot whose performance had deteriorated due to a perceived lack in conifdence. On investigation it became apparent that there was not a lak of confidence, rather an inability to cope with the mental demands that a stressful aviation training course places on the individuals who participate in the programme. At that time there was not a process in place within the Royal Air Force to help, assist, counsel, andor coach individuals who were struggling to cope with the cognitive aspects of their performance.
Using Zimmerman amd Martinez-Pons's Self-regulated Learning Interview Schedule (SRLIS) Questionnaire, this will be adapted if possible to fit in with the context of trainee aircrew learning. A pilot study using the cohort of current Multi-engine pilot students will be conducted, and then the intention will be to select a cohort of student pilots and their instructors and ask them to fill out the SRLIS and the Rating Student Self-regulated Learning Questionnaire respectively (RSSRL).
Zimmerman, B.J. & Martinez Pons, M. (1986). Development of a Structured Interview for Assessing Student Use of Self-Regulated Learning Strategies. American Educational Research Journal,(23),4 Winter,614-628.