Through a combination of ethnographic principles and a qualitative case study structure, this study strives to understand how Hispanic/ Latinx aviation students perceive the current aviation safety culture in their flight training program. Grounded in the reciprocal safety culture model, the researchers attempt to answer how does Hispanic/Latinx culture influence perceptions towards commitment to aviation safety? and what are Hispanic/Latinx students’ perceptions of their ability to influence aviation safety culture? Three major themes emerged from the data: behavioral signs of safety culture at the collegiate level, obstacles to a sound safety culture, and methods to improve the safety culture. Moreover, factors such as individualism, masculinity, access to economic resources, and language were prevalent in the findings on how Hispanic aviation students perceive their collegiate flight training safety culture. Future studies should explore the perception of different ethnic groups of aviation students at various geographical locations to identify any added layers of threat, behavioral attitudes, and safety compromises related to flight training.
Albelo, Jorge L. D. Ph.D.; Acosta, Leo G.; Mendonca, Flavio A. C. Ph.D.; Kim, Eugene; and Almodovar, Felipe
"A Qualitative Ethnographic Case Study Exploring the Hispanic/Latinx Interpretations of Collegiate Aviation Safety Culture,"
Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1282