Risk Cognition Variables and Flight Exceedance Behaviors of Airline Transport Pilots

  • Lei WangEmail author
  • Jingyi Zhang
  • Hui Sun
  • Yong Ren
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10906)


In order to examine the relationship between risk cognitive variables and flight exceedance behaviors of airline transport pilots, the concepts of ‘risky pilots’ was put forward, and the existence of ‘risky pilots’ was verified based on flight exceedance events statistics. Three risk cognitive variables of pilots involving risk tolerance, hazardous attitude and risk perception were investigated through the use of a series of psychological scales. Then one-way ANOVA and Pearson Correlation Analysis were used to study the influence of risk cognitive variables on airline transport pilots’ exceedance behaviors. Results indicated that ‘risky pilots’ do exist among airline transport pilots. Additionally, a hazardous attitude has significant positive effects on pilots’ severe exceedance behaviors, which means that pilots who have high levels of a hazardous attitude would cause exceedance behaviors easily and induce higher occurrence rates of unsafe events. The conclusion of the study indicates that targeted education and training for improving risky pilots’ hazardous attitudes should be carried out for the purpose of reducing exceedance behaviors in flight, which would then make flight safer.


Risk cognition Exceedance behaviors Risky pilots Flight data Safety 



We appreciate the support of this work from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. U1733117) and the National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2016YFB0502405).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Flight Technology CollegeCivil Aviation University of ChinaTianjinChina

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