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Human Factors in Aviation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127500317, 9780080570907

Human Factors in Aviation

1st Edition

Series Editors: Morton Friedman Edward Carterette
Editors: Earl Wiener David Nagel
Paperback ISBN: 9780127500317
eBook ISBN: 9780080570907
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th July 1988
Page Count: 684
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Table of Contents

J. Lederer, Introduction. E. Edwards, Introductory Overview. T. Sheridan, The System Perspective. C.O. Miller, System Safety. Pilot Performance. H. Leibowitz, The Human Senses in Flight. C. Wickens and J. Flach, Information Processing. B. Kantowitz and P.A. Casper, Human Workload in Aviation. C. Foushee and R. Helmreich, Group Interaction and Flight Crew Performance. P. Caro, Flight Training and Simulation. D. Nagel, Human Error in Aviation Operations. R.C. Graeber, Air Crew Fatigue and Circadian Rhythmicity. Human Factors in Aircraft Design. S. Baron, Pilot Control. A. Stokes and C. Wickens, Aviation Displays. E. Wiener, Cockpit Automation. R. Williges, B. Williges, and R. Fainter, Software Interfaces for Aviation Systems. G. Sexton, Cockpit/Crew Systems Design and Integration. Vehicles and Systems. R. Stone and G. Babcock, Airline Pilots' Perspective. M. Ritchie, General Aviation. S. Hart, Helicopter Human Factors. V.D. Hopkin, Air Traffic Control. Index.


Since the 1950s, a number of specialized books dealing with human factors has been published, but very little in aviation. Human Factors in Aviation is the first comprehensive review of contemporary applications of human factors research to aviation. A "must" for aviation professionals, equipment and systems designers, pilots, and managers--with emphasis on definition and solution of specific problems. General areas of human cognition and perception, systems theory, and safety are approached through specific topics in aviation--behavioral analysis of pilot performance, cockpit automation, advancing display and control technology, and training methods.


Aviation professionals in military, government, private and commercial settings; graduate students and researchers in human factors psychology


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"This is the book to read if you wish to know how behavioral concepts underlie pilot performance....Worth procuring if you are interested in pilot performance. It is handsomely produced and would be a worthy addition to any library."

"This is a book that would be well worth having on one's shelf. For the human-factors psychologist, it is a necessity: many chapters provide not only thorough historical reviews, but also reports on state-of-the-art research and practice in applications to aviation. For other psychologists, the book is a powerful demonstration of the impact that basic theory and empirical research in psychology can have for real world phenomena. The editors and authors have provided the psychological community with a vivid description of how experimental, physiological, social, and differential psychology can combine to create an interface with the technological world outside of the laboratory." --Phillip L. Ackerman in CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

"This book is by far the most authoritative resource in human factors to be published in many years. Human Factors in Aviation is a successful attempt to define the scientific issues underlying this vitally important field of study and provides a framework to understand future endeavors." --Donald E. Hudson, M.D., ALPA Associate Aeromedical Advisor in AIR LINE PILOT

"Only once in a great while in any discipline does a text come along that sets the standard for many years. This is such a book....This is the stuff that makes instant experts. Instead of becoming informed by reading conflicting papers over a long period of time, you can just read this book." --Capt. Don Smith in THE SAFETY MIND

"This big volume, by about thirty human engineering and aviation experts, is the definitive book on the application of human factors to aviation....should be required reading for ATC system designers and administrators." --AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

Ratings and Reviews

About the Series Editors

Morton Friedman

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Edward Carterette

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, University of California

About the Editors

Earl Wiener

Earl L. Wiener is a professor of management science and industrial engineering at the University of Miami. He received his B.A. in psychology from Duke University and his Ph.D. in psychology and industrial engineering from Ohio State University. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army and is rated in fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. He has conducted research in the areas of human vigilance, automobile and aviation safety, and accidents occurring to the elderly. Since 1979 he has been active in the aeronautics and cockpit automation research of NASA’s Ames Research Center. Dr. Wiener is a fellow of the Human Factors Society and the American Psychological Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.

David Nagel

David C. Nagel is the chief of the Aerospace Human Factors Research Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center. The division is responsible for conducting a broad spectrum of research in the areas of human performance and aeronautical and space human factors. Areas studied include individual and group performance, human-computer interaction, supervisory control, interface designs for autonomous systems, computational human engineering methods, and advanced space suits and portable life-support systems. Dr. Nagel has undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and a Ph.D. in perception and mathematical psychology, all from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Affiliations and Expertise

NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, U.S.A.