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Human Factors in Aviation

This edited textbook is a fully updated and expanded version of the highly successful first edition of Human Factors in Aviation. Written for the widespread aviation community - students, engineers, scientists, pilots, managers, government personnel, etc., HFA offers a comprehensive overview of the topic, taking readers from the general to the specific, first covering broad issues, then the more specific topics of pilot performance, human factors in aircraft design, and vehicles and systems.

The new editors offer essential breath of experience on aviation human factors from multiple perspectives (i.e. scientific research, regulation, funding agencies, technology, and implementation) as well as knowledge about the science. The contributors are experts in their fields.

Topics carried over from the first edition are fully updated, several by new authors who are now at the fore of the field. New material - which represents 50% of the volume - focuses on the challenges facing aviation specialists today. One of the most significant developments in this decade has been NextGen, the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to modernize national airspace and to address the impact of air traffic growth by increasing airspace capacity and efficiency while simultaneously improving safety, environmental impacts and user access. NextGen issues are covered in full. Other new topics include: High Reliability Organizational Perspective, Situation Awareness & Workload in Aviation, Human Error Analysis, Human-System Risk Management, LOSA, NOSS and Unmanned Aircraft System.

Primary:Graduate students in human factors and aviation psychology courses; academic researchers in human factors area; aviation professionals in military, government, private and commercial settings.Secondary:Libraries.

Paperback, 744 Pages

Published: February 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374518-7


  • Foreword

    Robert L. Helmreich

    I. Introduction

    Chapter 1: Human Factors in Aviation: An Overview

    Eduardo Salas, Dan Maurino, and Michael Curtis

    II. Organizational Perspectives

    Chapter 2: The System Perspective on Human Factors in Aviation

    Thomas B. Sheridan

    Chapter 3: The System Safety Perspective

    Amy R. Pritchett

    Chapter 4: The Safety Culture Perspective

    Manoj Patankar and Edward J. Sabin

    Chapter 5: The High Reliability Organization Perspective

    Sidney W. A. Dekker and David D. Woods

    III. Pilot and Crew Performance Issues

    Chapter 6: The Human in Flight: From Kinesthetic Sense to Cognitive Sensibility

    Kathleen L. Mosier

    Chapter 7: Information Processing in Aviation

    Michael A. Vidulich, Christopher D. Wickens, Pamela S. Tsang and John M. Flach

    Chapter 8: Managing Workload, Performance, and Situation

    Frank Durso and Amy L. Alexander

    Chapter 9: Group Dynamics at 35,000 Feet

    Eduardo Salas, Marissa L. Shuffler and Deborah Diazgranados

    Chapter 10: Flight Training and Simulation as Safety Generators

    John Bent and Kwok Chan

    Chapter 11: Understanding and Analyzing Human Error in Real-World Operations

    R. Key Dismukes

    Chapter 12: Cognitive Architectures for Human Factors in Aviation

    Kevin Gluck

    Chapter 13: Aircrew Fatigue, Sleep Need and Circadian Rhythmicity

    Melissa M. Mallis, Siobhan Banks and David E. Dinges

    IV. Human Factors in Aircraft Design

    Chapter 14: Aviation Displays

    Michael T. Curtis, Florian Jentsch, and John A. Wise

    Chapter 15: Cockpit Automation: Still Struggling to Catch Up...

    Thomas Ferris, Nadine Sarter, and Christopher D. Wickens

    Chapter 16: Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Alan Hobbs

    Chapter 17: Crew Station Design and Integration

    Alan R. Jacobsen, David A. Graeber, and John Wiedemann

    V. Vehicles and Systems

    Chapter 18: The History in the Basics and the Challenges for the Future

    Captain William Hamman, MD, Ph.D. with an Introduction by Captain William L. Rutherford, MD

    Chapter 19: General Aviation

    Stephen M. Casner

    Chapter 20: Air Traffic Management

    Ann-Elise Lindeis

    Chapter 21: Maintenance Human Factors: A Brief History

    Barbara G. Kanki

    VI. Nextgen Commentary

    Chapter 22: Commentary on NEXTGEN and Aviation Human Factors

    Paul Krois, Dino Piccione, and Tom McCloy


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