Human Factors

Human factors is a broad field that examines the interaction between people, machines, and the environment for the purpose of improving performance and reducing errors. As aircraft became more reliable and less prone to mechanical failure, the percentage of accidents related to human factors increased. Some aspect of human factors now accounts for over 80 percent of all accidents. Pilots, who have a good understanding of human factors, are better equipped to plan and execute a safe and uneventful flight.

Flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) can result in sensations that are misleading to the body’s sensory system. A safe pilot needs to understand these sensations and effectively counteract them. Instrument flying requires a pilot to make decisions using all available resources.

The elements of human factors covered in this site include sensory systems used for orientation and illusions in flight. For more information about physiological and psychological factors, medical factors, aeronautical decision-making (ADM), and crew resource management (CRM), refer to the Aeronautical Knowledge.

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