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Aerospace 2018, 5(2), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace5020062

Differences in Risk Perception Factors and Behaviours amongst and within Professionals and Trainees in the Aviation Engineering Domain

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Department of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton BL3 5AB, UK
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Aviation Academy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, 1097 DZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Both authors contributed equally to writing the paper.
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Received: 5 April 2018 / Revised: 21 May 2018 / Accepted: 4 June 2018 / Published: 10 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Civil and Military Airworthiness: Recent Developments and Challenges)
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Abstract

In the aviation sector, the variability in the appreciation of safety risk perception factors and responses to risk behaviours has not been sufficiently studied for engineers and technicians. Through a questionnaire survey, this study investigated differences amongst professionals and trainees across eleven risk perception factors and five indicative risk behaviour scenarios. The findings indicated significant differences between the two groups in four factors and three scenarios as well as within groups. Moreover, age, years of work and study and educational level were other factors accounting for such differences within each group of professionals and trainees. The results showing these significant differences are aligned with relevant research about pilots and indicate that the appreciation of risk perception factors by aviation engineers and the development of their risk behaviours deserves more attention. Our findings cannot be generalised due to the small sample and its distribution across the demographic variables. However, the results of this study suggest the need tailoring risk communication and training to address the different degrees to which influences of risk perception factors are comprehended, and risk behaviours emerge in aviation engineering trainees and professionals. Further research could focus on the development of a respective uniform framework and tool for the specific workforce group and could administer surveys to more extensive and more representative samples by including open-ended questions and broader social, organisational and systemic factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: risk perception factors; risk behaviours; aviation engineering; professionals; trainees risk perception factors; risk behaviours; aviation engineering; professionals; trainees
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Chionis, D.; Karanikas, N. Differences in Risk Perception Factors and Behaviours amongst and within Professionals and Trainees in the Aviation Engineering Domain. Aerospace 2018, 5, 62.

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