Evaluating Preflight Weather Briefing Strategies

PI Elizabeth Blickensderfer

The objective of this grant is to examine General Aviation (GA) pilots’ capability to conduct Preflight Weather self-briefings as compared to using Flight Services to obtain weather briefings. Previous research indicates that GA pilots are increasingly conducting weather self-briefings during preflight (Duke et al., 2019). Additional research indicates that GA pilots have moderately low performance when interpreting aviation weather observation and forecast products (Blickensderfer et al., 2019). Research is needed to assess and understand the attitudes, knowledge, and performance of GA pilots conducting self-briefings to identify possible gaps and, in turn, provide recommendations for future system design and pilot training.


  • Elizabeth Blickensderfer
    Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
    Ph.D., M.S., University of Central Florida
  • Thomas Guinn
    Applied Aviation Sciences Department
    Ph.D., M.S., Colorado State University
  • Robert Thomas
    Aeronautical Science Department
    Ph.D., M.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign