Human Factors in Aviation Safety

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This two day event is the third in a popular series. It will feature presentations and discussion on the latest research and practice in this ‘ultra-safe’ sector.

The question we will look to answer is: How do we improve human performance in today’s aviation business?

Following the success of the CIEHF’s 2015 & 2016 events, ‘Human Factors in Aviation Safety’ is returning from 13 to 14 November 2017 at the Hilton London Gatwick Airport, UK.

Representatives from airlines, air traffic control organisations, industry regulators and investigators, consultants and the major university research groups will be taking part, examining a range of human factors issues in aviation safety in both the military and commercial sectors.

The 2017 event will centre on the following five challenges in aviation safety human factors:

How do we improve human performance in aviation systems? Whereas the first two events in this series have focused to an extent on incidents and accidents, this year we aim to have a special focus on how human factors can help the aviation industry improve overall system performance. Where can we make a real and positive difference?
Are we managing fatigue in aviation? Despite decades of research, fatigue remains one of the ‘usual suspects’ in incidents, accidents, and general performance problems. Why can’t we seem to resolve this? How do we get it right once and for all?
Is adaptive automation still a useful concept? Adaptive automation has been a tantalising dream of human factors specialists for decades, yet is has not materialised. Is it time to move on, or is it finally within our grasp?
Where are the human performance limits in remote operations (e.g. remote towers, drones)? Remote towers are a success story, but where are the limits with this approach, as well as for remote operations more generally? What are the implications for the role of the human in future operations?
Have maintenance human factors fallen off our agenda? Some years ago, maintenance human factors were at the forefront of aviation human factors research. Lately, however, it feels as If it has been almost forgotten. Do we need to re-energise this area, and if so, how do we reintegrate it with mainstream aviation human factors research?

The format for the event will be a little different this year, with directed panel discussions following each section of papers, attempting to answer the questions above and determine what can be concluded at this time, as well as identifying ways forward which will create a closer connection between industry needs and aviation human factors research, so that the net result will be improved human performance in aviation.

If you are interested in speaking or in presenting a poster we invite you to submit an abstract or summary of your proposal, of up to 300 words. Each submission will be reviewed by the event programme committee consisting of representatives from Eurocontrol, BAE Systems, DSTL, Cranfield University and the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine. Presenters will be notified by 15 July.

If your submission is accepted, you will need to register and pay to attend.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 23 June 2017.

Submit your proposal now.

Sponsored by NATS.

November 13 2017


Start: 13 November @ 08:00
End: 14 November @ 17:00
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Gatwick Hilton

Gatwick, United Kingdom

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Phone: 07736 893350
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