In general aviation, studies reveal 97 per cent of all accidents are caused by pilot error. To prevent these accidents, some pilots complete safety training courses in a classroom once a year.
This traditional form of education remains vital for seasoned pilots with lots of experience but a new mobile application developed at Western University will provide invaluable virtual “life lessons” for less experienced pilots.
Suzanne Kearns flew an airplane before she drove a car.
Growing up next to an airport in Wiarton, Ont., she was enthralled by aviation. At 15, she flew for the first time. On her 16th birthday — the first day it was legal — she flew solo. When she was 17, she was licensed to fly airplanes and helicopters.
Today, she channels that enthusiasm and knowledge into her research at The University of Western Ontario’s Commercial Aviation Management program where she is an assistant professor.