With a growing volume of traffic, the aviation industryis moving to fully embrace a predictive approach to safety management, whichrequires the implementation of safety management system (SMS) training on aninternational scale. An online survey was distributed through an InternationalCivil Aviation Organization (ICAO) State Letter to solicit perceptions of SMStraining from a variety of international aviation professionals. The surveycollected 1,103 complete responses. The results identified robust differences inhow SMS training is perceived by men and women and by professionals fromdifferent geographic regions. Female respondents had more negative attitudestoward training than did males. Regarding regional differences, Middle Easternparticipants had the most positive attitudes while Europeans reported the mostnegative attitudes toward SMS training. The data suggest caution is warrantedbefore global distribution of SMS training and illustrate the importance of alearner analysis, as individual differences among learners may impact theeffectiveness and adoption of SMSs.
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – American Psychological Association
Published: Jan 1, 2017