Expert pilot brains work less

Research finds expert pilots make better flying decisions—not a surprise. Expert pilots brains work less than average pilot brains—that is super cool!

The paper Higher Landing Accuracy in Expert Pilots is Associated with Lower Activity in the Caudate Nucleus published in the journal PLOS One found that:

High Expertise pilots showed lower activation in the bilateral caudate nucleus (0.97±0.80) compared to Moderate Expertise pilots (1.91±1.16) (p<.05). These findings provide evidence for increased “neural efficiency” in High Expertise pilots relative to Moderate Expertise pilots.

So work hard to be an expert pilot, so you can fly better, and work less!

Quotes and illustrations from Adamson, M. M., Taylor, J. L., Heraldez, D., Khorasani, A., Noda, A., Hernez, B., & Yesavage, J. A. (2014). Higher landing accuracy in expert pilots is associated with lower activity in the caudate nucleus. PLoS ONE, 9(11). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0112607

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Some pilots know . . .

Deep system knowledge is only needed on rare occasions. Unfortunately those occasions, when things break, when checklists and abnormal procedures are not enough, tend to require you have that knowledge NOW.

Dr. Nicklas Dahlström is Human Factors Manager at Emirates, and a former researcher at Lund University School of Aviation in Sweden. Quote from his presentation at the 69th International Air Safety Summit, 2016.