1st Edition

Aviation and Human Factors How to Incorporate Human Factors into the Field

By Jose Sanchez-Alarcos Copyright 2020
    204 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    203 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Air safety is right now at a point where the chances of being killed in an aviation accident are far lower than the chances to winning a jackpot in any of the major lotteries. However, keeping or improving that performance level requires a critical analysis of some events that, despite scarce, point to structural failures in the learning process. The effect of these failures could increase soon if there is not a clear and right development path. This book tries to identify what is wrong, why there are things to fix, and some human factors principles to keep in aircraft design and operations.


    • Shows, through different events, how the system learns through technology, practices, and regulations and the pitfalls of that learning process

    • Discusses the use of information technology in safety-critical environments and why procedural knowledge is not enough

    • Presents air safety management as a successful process, but at the same time, failures coming from technological and organizational features are shown

    • Offers ways to improve from the human factors side by getting the right lessons from recent events

    1. Commercial Aviation: A General Picture 2. Event Analysis as an Improvement Tool 3. The Changing Roles of Technology and People in Aviation 4. People as Alternative Resources: Feasibility and Requirements 5. Organizational Learning in Air Safety: The Role of the Different Stakeholders 6. The Engine for Organizational Learning: Where It Is and Where It Should Be 7. The Future of Improvements in Air Safety 8. Conclusions


    Jose Sanchez-Alarcos earned a PhD in sociology and a BS in psychology. His doctoral dissertation was about organizational dynamics under air safety, and since then he has been actively involved with human factors in aviation. Dr. Sánchez-Alarcos is a member of EAAP and a CREE certified practitioner. He has worked as an HF consultant and trainer for EASA, Airbus, Mitsubishi Aircraft, the Colombian army, INAER, CAA Spain and Mexico, and many others. He also has served as an HF expert in accident investigation and, outside of the aviation field, in NPPs, nuclear waste installations, and maritime and railroad transportation.