Uncovering Test Pilots' Risk Framework

Published: 4 December 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/5n2s4fkhz6.2
Benjamin Luther, Indra Gunawan, Nam Nguyen


Survey and interview data collected from experimental flight test crews in late 2022. Data reports the risk management framework used by experimental flight test crews in undertaking uniquely hazardous activities that include the consequence of death - precluding any ability to learn in subsequent iterations of the activity. Data was used to investigate the risk management framework adopted by the flight test crews to risk manage their work, with the objective of generalising this knowledge for application beyond the flight test profession.


Steps to reproduce

Survey professional, experimental flight test crew working within engineering management systems, with experience in conducting flight test activity with hazards that include catastrophic consequences, inside the last 5 years. Conduct interviews from the same set of participants to clarify and understand nuance in the responses. Study participants were members of the flight test professional societies. Research was conducted in English, among participants working in English.


The University of Adelaide


Complex Systems, Risk