Flight training and flying are hazardous activities that demand the most of human operators, whether they be pilots or other factors (maintainers, air traffic controllers, managers, regulators) involved in the complex aviation system. 'Aerospace Clinical Psychology' serves as a handbook for dealing with aviators and other operators, those seen as patients as well as those functioning 'normally', who none-the-less wish to improve their performance. This book has much to offer the audiences who intersect the Human Factors and clinical areas of aviation and operators in extreme environments. It deftly defines specific touchstone areas such as selection, training, accident investigation, measurement and testing, and practical interventions. The little-margin-for-error realm of aviation exposes operators to stress and risk on a daily basis. 'Aerospace Clinical Psychology' provides a blueprint for combining the talents of clinical psychologists with flight surgeons and Human Factors practitioners to enhance safety and efficiency.
Table of Contents
Contents: Is this book necessary?; Selection: what can a clinically trained psychologist contribute?; The myth of pilot personality; Getting information: psychological testing, interviewing, other data gathering; Providing feedback: providing information to pilots and referral sources (often flight surgeons or commanders); Providing support: critical incident stress debriefing; Teaching; Additional assessment tips; Interventions; Motivation and fear; Airsickness: prevention and management; Consulting to an aircraft mishap / accident investigation board; Glossary; References.
Raymond E. King, at the time of writing, was Chief of the Collaborative Systems Technology Branch of the Crew Systems Interface Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. He received his BA from Rutgers College, MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison), and doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.