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Questions tagged [human-factors]

A branch of engineering dealing with how humans interact with machines and systems. In aviation Human Factors engineering frequently deals with how pilots interact with aircraft systems and controls

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Are Crew Resource Management (CRM) and other Human Factors methods effective?

I help in giving human factor training in both the start up phase and in the biennial continuous training. I am a bit tired of my students...especially those in aviation long term, being disillusioned ...
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Are there left seat qualifications specific to actual handling of the aircraft?

The following three posts explain that both yokes and side-sticks require changing the hand that holds the yoke/side-stick when switching seats: Why are Airbus captain control sticks placed on the ...
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People in a rollercoaster or falling elevator feel the rapid descent, so why don't pilots in the cockpit?

Judging from the CVR transcript, the AF447 pilots didn't realize for most of the plunge that they were stalled and rapidly losing altitude. Why don't pilots in the cockpit get the same sensation of ...
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Why do cathay pilots forget their flight number? [closed]

I hear so many times over frequency "cathay.. uh.. xxx" and always wonder if they have some kind of reason why pilots cant seem to memorize it.
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Why are cockpit instruments white on black dials?

Which is easier to read: white on a black dial or black on a white dial? It would seem most aviation instruments are white on black.
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How is a confusion possible between Western and Russian Attitude Indicators?

Yesterday I watched a documentary on Crossair Flight 498 accident. One of the factors that might have contributed to the accident was the confusion of the pilot on interpreting the attitude indicator; ...
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What skills do aviators have uniquely that could cross over to another industry? [closed]

I have developed sensitivities to several chemicals used in aerospace. I have to make a shift away from our industry, so I would like to know what are qualities in aviators that would be unique and ...
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How does a PFD handle unphysically abrupt changes in the parameters it's displaying?

This question is about human factors requirements in the design of software components displaying instruments in a primary flight display. (It's not about how to implement the software.) Let's take ...
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Why are the character keys on the Flight Management Computer in alphabetical order?

Regardless of which aircraft type and manufacturer, the character keys on any Flight Management Computer are always in alphabetical order, see image: From a human factors view, this is sub-optimal, ...
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Why do older students take longer to learn to fly? [closed]

I have heard or read many CFI’s say that older students take more time to learn to fly. I know that as we age our brains in general have more difficulty learning new things, but what part of flying is ...
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What's the reason for pilots wearing uniforms?

Just came across an interesting answer to a question on uniforms for PPL Human Performance and Limitations: Pilots wear uniforms: a) so they can be easily recognised b) so that they can be ...
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Do pilots have procedures and safeguards against unintended altitude captures?

Most advanced autopilots with a guidance panel allow you to select an altitude and fly to it. It will often switch over to an altitude hold mode if the airplane is close enough to the selected ...
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To what extent have political (race, gender, social class) attitudes been implicated as human factors in the cockpit?

This question is related to: How does cultural difference impinge upon human factors in aviation industry safety? How have deep-seated cultural human factors (particularly in east Asia) in the ...
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How have deep-seated cultural human factors (particularly in east Asia) in the cockpit been successfully managed in the past 20 years?

This question is based on https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/27814/ and related to: How does cultural difference impinge upon human factors in aviation industry safety? To what extent have ...
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How does cultural difference impinge upon human factors in aviation industry safety?

Safety through understanding of human factors This question is based on https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/27814/ and related to: How have deep-seated cultural human factors (particularly ...
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Has a “fight” ever happened in the cockpit?

Somehow, a variation of How do long-haul pilots cope with boredom? . Has it ever happened that the pilots started some small talk about politics, or football, or favourite rock band, or that one ...
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Can you help me to identify a Boeing 727 maintenance task involving a safety risk for a research project?

I need help identifying a Boeing 727 maintenance task that would be suitable for a research project on improving maintenance instructions. Ideally, the task should meet the following criteria: - the ...
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Why are Airbus captain control sticks placed on the left when most people are right-handed?

Why is it that control sticks for the captains on Airbus are placed on the left? Wouldn't it be uncomfortable considering that most of the people, and by consequence pilots, are right handed? To my ...
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Does the FAA have a best practice for highlighting memory items on a checklist?

voretaq7 mentioned the following two months ago in an answer: The process of designing a good checklist is an interesting Human Factors problem - there's a lot of literature on it but it's way out ...
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How do long-haul pilots cope with boredom?

Imagine you're in a large jet on a long route on a major airway -- say, for example, you're in a 747 going LHR-JFK at night. It's dark, you're over the Atlantic, and ATC has cleared you to just keep ...
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How does an inexperienced pilot handle G-Forces?

After reading this question and the linked article, I had some more questions about G-Forces on pilots. The article says: The average, fit aviator has about a 3g "naked" limit, which comes from ...
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What improvements did Airbus make as a result of the Air France 447 accident?

As far as I can tell, the following factors all contributed to this crash: Pitot tubes susceptible to ice crystal blockage Crew not aware that they can stall the airplane due to alternate law No ...
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Are 'human factor' specialists consulted during the UX design of cockpit controls and avionics?

I have always been struck by the complexity of cockpit controls. Aviation specialists are always on the hunt for ways to reduce cognitive overload on pilots to reduce human error. That being said, ...
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What if pilot feels too tired before his flight?

Today is a day when I feel terribly tired. I'm not ill, but I could sleep all the day, though I had enough sleep last night. This is not a problem if you have an office job where you can probably be ...
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Does a prone position for the pilot minimize g-force effects?

Knowing that the Wright Flyer was the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft, I'm fascinated by its operation requiring a prone position. Searching further, I was surprised to find out ...