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1st Edition

Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance

ISBN 9780367230111
Published September 30, 2019 by CRC Press
120 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an in-depth analysis of human failure and its various forms and root causes. The analysis is developed through real aviation accidents and incidents and the deriving lessons learned.


  • Employs accumulated experience, and the scientific and research point of view, and recorded aviation accidents and incidents from the daily working environment
  • Provides lessons learned and integrates the existing regulations into the human factors discipline
  • Highlights the responsibility concerns and raises the accountability issues deriving from the engineers’ profession by concisely distinguishing human failure types
  • Suggests a new approach in human factors training in order to meet current and future challenges imposed on aviation maintenance
  • Offers a holistic approach in human factors aircraft maintenance

Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance is comprehensive, easy to read, and can be used as both a training and a reference guide for operators, regulators, auditors, researchers, academics, and aviation enthusiasts. It presents the opportunity for aircraft engineers, aviation safety officers, and psychologists to rethink their current training programs and examine the pros and cons of employing this new approach.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Human Performance and Limitations. 3. Social Psychology. 4. Factors Affecting Performance. 5. Physical Environment, Tasks, and Hazards in the Workplace. 6. Communication. 7. Human Error. 8. An Enhanced Approach in Basic Aircraft Maintenance Training Focusing in Human Factors.

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Demetris Yiannakides graduated from the Hellenic Air Force Academy as an aircraft pilot and then continued post-graduate studies at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautical science. Further to his everyday duties as an instructor pilot, he is also a visiting instructor in an EASA Part-147 maintenance organization in the fields of Human Factors and Aerodynamics. In parallel, he often participates in air navigation services audits as a qualified auditor. He and his wife live in Nicosia-Cyprus with one daughter. He enjoys watching football and drinking coffee with long lasting friends. Deeply affected by the loss of colleagues in the line of duty, he has devoted himself to raising awareness as concerns the dramatic impact of failing human factors on aviation safety.

Dr. Charalampos Sergiou graduated from the Hellenic Air Force Academy as a Telecommunications and Electronics Engineer. He holds an MSc in Advance Information Technology and a PhD in Wireless Ad- Hoc Networks, from the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus. He is an Aviation Engineer in the Cyprus Air- Force and EASA Part-66 Licensed Aviation Maintenance Engineer (LAME). He holds a B1 (Full) and B2 License and he is type rated (B2) in AW139 Helicopters and Airbus 318/319/320/321 (CFM-56, V2500) aircraft types. He is also an EASA Part-147 Instructor and Head of Examinations (Form 4 Holder) in an EASA Part-147 Training Center in Cyprus. He has published several articles in International Conferences and Journals (IEEE, Elsevier, ACM etc.) where he also serves as a reviewer. He and his wife live in Nicosia-Cyprus with two daughters.


"This book provides a rich source of human error threats within aviation maintenance, with excellent examples of relevant incidents and accidents."

- Dr. Steve Scott, Human System Integration, Coventry University


"The approach and selection of the topics is complete and appropriate for the objectives/goals set by the authors at the introduction of the book.

I particularly like the fact that the authors have included a treatment of the ‘communication’ topic, which I believe it is of paramount importance when addressing the human factors in aircraft maintenance"

- Ilias Lappas FRAeS, University of South Wales