2nd Edition

Aviation Psychology and Human Factors

By Monica Martinussen, David R. Hunter Copyright 2017
    364 Pages
    by Routledge

    364 Pages
    by CRC Press

    This book covers the application of psychological principles and techniques to situations and problems of aviation. It offers an overview of the role psychology plays in aviation, system design, selection and training of pilots, characteristics of pilots, safety, and passenger behavior. It covers concepts of psychological research and data analysis and shows how these tools are used in the development of new psychological knowledge. The new edition offers material on physiological effects on pilot performance, a new chapter on aviation physiology, more material on fatigue, safety culture, mental health and safety, as well as practical examples and exercises after each chapter.

    Introduction. Research Methods and Statistics. Aviation Physiology. Abilities and Personality Traits. Personnel Selection. Training. Human Factors and the Design of Aviation Systems. Stress and Human Reactions. Culture, Organizations and Leadership. Aeronautical Decision-Making. Aviation Safety. Concluding Remarks.


    Dr. Monica Martinussen is a licensed psychologist and currently Professor of Psychology in the Regional Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the UiT Arctic University of Norway and Professor II at the Norwegian Defence University College. Dr. Martinussen conducted her doctoral research in the area of pilot selection, and has been engaged in research on that topic for many years, both for the Norwegian Air Force and at the University of Tromsø. Her research interests include research methods and psychometrics, aviation psychology, mental health, and work- and organizational-psychology. Dr. Martinussen has been a member of the Board of Directors of the European Association of Aviation Psychology for eight years, and is currently Associate Editor of the journal Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors.

    Dr. David Hunter has over 30 years of experience as an aviation psychologist. He is a former military helicopter pilot with combat experience in South East Asia, and holds a commercial pilot license for both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Dr. Hunter has conducted research on the use of computer-based tests for the selection of pilots for both the US Air Force and the UK Royal Air Force, and has served as an advisor for the human factors design of new aviation systems for the US Army. He also served as the Principal Scientist for Human Performance with the Federal Aviation Administration, where he conducted research and managed programs to improve safety among general aviation pilots. He is currently an independent consultant with a practice in Phoenix, Arizona.