A Teamwork Model for Fighter Pilots

  • Ulrika OhlanderEmail author
  • Jens Alfredson
  • Maria Riveiro
  • Göran Falkman
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9736)


Fighter pilots depend on collaboration and teamwork to perform successful air missions. However, such collaboration is challenging due to limitations in communication and the amount of data that can be shared between aircraft. In order to design future support systems for fighter pilots, this paper aims at characterizing how pilots collaborate while performing real-world missions. Our starting point is the “Big Five” model for effective teamwork, put forth by Salas et al. [1]. Fighter pilots were interviewed about their teamwork, and how they prepare and perform missions in teams. The results from the interviews were used to describe how pilots collaborate in teams, and to suggest relationships between the teamwork elements of the “Big Five” model for fighter pilots performing missions. The results presented in this paper are intended to inform designers and developers of cockpit displays, data links and decision support systems for fighter aircraft.


Team effectiveness Teamwork Fighter aircraft Fighter pilots 



This research was funded by NFFP (National Aviation Research Programme, NFFP6-2013-01201), which is founded by VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems), the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Defence Material Administration. The authors also like to thank Saab AB and the University of Skövde for supporting the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrika Ohlander
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jens Alfredson
    • 1
  • Maria Riveiro
    • 2
  • Göran Falkman
    • 2
  1. 1.Saab Aeronautics, Saab ABLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.University of SkövdeSkövdeSweden

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