Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Gil Sinclair

Second Advisor

Beth Beaudin-Seiler

Third Advisor

Scott Austin


Preflight inspections are a crucial part of flight operations and are required by the Federal Aviation Administration prior to flight. A properly performed preflight by an educated and experienced pilot follows a standard procedure and permits detection of conditions that render an aircraft un-airworthy. A study at Western Michigan University was conducted to determine the effectiveness of this normal procedure in the collegiate training environment. Results indicate the standard procedures for preflight inspections and good supporting habits are in place, but some complacency and a lack of understanding of the standard procedure prevents it from being totally effective among less experienced pilots. Recommendations to enhance safety and performance within this sector of the training industry conclude the findings and discussion of this study.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access