Human Factors

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Human factors is the study of the relationships between people and their activities through the systemic application of the human sciences, integrated within the framework of system engineering. Within the context of aviation, that study includes the interactions among aviation personnel, their environments, and equipment.

  • Fatigue


    Fatigue is a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy and is characterized by increased discomfort with lessened capacity for work, reduced efficiency of accomplishment, loss of power or capacity to respond to stimulation. Fatigue must be managed by aviation departments to include it pilots, flight attendants, and maintenance personnel, among others.

  • Crew Resource Management

    Crew Resource Management

    Crew Resource Management (CRM) is the incorporation of team management concepts in flight operations.

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Mind Over Matter: Are You Mentally Fit to Fly?
May 2, 2016
Knowing that a fitness issue could quickly lead to loss of a required medical certificate and potentially ruin a career, some pilots may hesitate reporting concerns or may rationalize that they can "cover" for a fellow remember's shortcomings. MedAire's Debbi Laux, a member of the NBAA Safety Committee's Fitness for Duty Working Group, said pilots need to "self-recognize when they need to have help, or speak up when someone else they're working with may not be in prime condition to operate an aircraft." Learn more about what business pilots can do to ensure they and their peers are mentally fit to fly in the May/June 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.