Gender, Communication, and Aviation Incidents/Accidents

Susan Kelly Archer


Crew communication and crew resource management are readily recognized as critical to safety of flight. With the inclusion of a greater number of female pilots in a traditionally male crew environment, it is imperative to investigate how gender characteristics impact crew communication. There have been a number of studies that examined differences in masculine versus feminine communication characteristics in general. Work has been done in the field of aviation, some with respect to differences between male pilots and female pilots and some with respect to the role communication deficiencies or breakdown played in aviation incidents or accidents. However, most researchers recognized the relative dearth of current studies of the effect of gender integration with respect to the collaboration and communication necessary for effective use of increasingly more technologically advanced equipment. This meta-review of the literature should serve as a framework for future research to inform training program development.


gender differences, aviation communication, aviaiton accidents, aviation incidents

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