Study of Factors Influencing Pilot Errors Earns Ph.D. in Aviation for Jet Advisors Founder

Kevin O’Leary
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Bedford, MA (KBED): Contributing to the general aviation industry’s safety culture with a doctoral dissertation on factors influencing pilot error, Jet Advisors Founder Kevin O’Leary, has earned a Ph.D. in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).

O’Leary is a business aviation industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience in aircraft acquisition, brokerage, and consulting. His dissertation research involved a structural equation model (SEM) of the safety culture of a group of U.S. pilots. The purpose of the SEM was to determine causal factors that influence pilot error. This research, believed to be the first of its kind in the general aviation industry, lays the groundwork for future research. New studies picking up on O’Leary’s work may enhance aviation safety based on the identification of and reversal of negative trends in safety culture.

ERAU, founded in 1925 and based in Daytona Beach, Fla., created the first Ph.D. in Aviation program in 2010. Since that time, 16 students have earned a Ph.D. in Aviation degree. The research topics have ranged from human factors to runway incursions.

About Jet Advisors Jet Advisors ( is an aircraft acquisition, brokerage and consulting firm dedicated to providing value through high level research developed to support general aviation flight departments and aircraft buyers. The firm has a patent pending on its Private Jet Index® or PJI which is a statistical tool designed to mathematically refine the aircraft selection process or fleet planning. The firm, which is headquartered in Bedford, Mass. (KBED), was started in 2003. Its staff members have been involved in more than 500 jet transactions.

Study of Factors Influencing Pilot Errors Earns Ph.D. in Aviation for Jet Advisors Founder