ASA Human Factors: Enhancing Pilot Performance (Hardcover)


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Today’s aviation industry enjoys a remarkable safety record, primarily because it has learned
from the mistakes of its past. Through the study of aviation accidents, most of the risks of
flying have been identified and the threats they pose to safety can be managed. However,
aircraft accidents, such as controlled flight into terrain, loss of control, runway excursions and
incursions, and midair collisions still occur, and the hazards of flight remain.

Some accidents happen due to mechanical failure, improper maintenance, or hazardous
weather—but the vast majority are caused by pilot action (or inaction). Pilots can commit
errors and make decisions that lead to tragic outcomes. Most accidents are not intentional;
inadvertent errors made by flight crews arise from normal human physiological, psychological,
and psychosocial limitations.

Drawing upon the latest scientific research, aviation safety studies, and accident findings,
Human Factors: Enhancing Pilot Performance thoroughly explores the nature of these human
limitations and how they affect flight. Most importantly, this book provides best practice
countermeasures designed to help pilots minimize their influence on flight performance.

Whether you are a fair-weather private pilot, a new-hire first officer at a regional airline,
or a seasoned pilot with thousands of hours under your belt, Human Factors will help you
understand why pilots make mistakes and arm you with the knowledge to successfully
identify, avoid, and mitigate them.

Textbook Features

  • Designed for use as a primary textbook for courses covering the
    physiological and/or psychological aspects of flight crew performance
  • Focuses on the practical application of human factors, primarily written for, and addressing the practical needs of, pilots
  • Thorough coverage of the physiological, psychological and psychosocial factors that affect pilot performance
  • Abundant examples of how these factors contribute to accidents and incidents
  • Suggested best-practice countermeasures pilots can adopt to
    overcome or manage specific human factor limitations to pilot
  • Extensive references and helpful resources for each topic
  • Several appendices including CICTT’s Aviation Occurrence Categories, Glossary and Abbreviations/Acronyms,
  • Over 150 color illustrations
  • Aircraft Accident index with more than 130 entries
  • Reviewed by experts in aerospace physiology, aviation medicine,
    experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, advanced flight deck
    design, pilot human factors education, and by experienced airline pilots
    representing several different airlines in the United States and
  • Foreword by Jay Hopkins, veteran writer of the Human Factors column for Flying magazine

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Part Number ASAHUMAN
ISBN 9781619549272