Human Factors – Gliders

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The term human factors is often associated with ergonomics and is documented as the only discipline that focuses on the interaction of humans and technology. [Figure 13-1] When referring to human factors, we immediately think of the 3 Ds: development, design, and deployment of systems and devices that improve system-human interface. While there is much more to human factors than the 3 Ds, behavior intervention and modification is a necessary component to ensuring a safer aviation environment. As there have been great strides over recent decades to decrease the number of aviation accidents, human error remains the biggest hurdle for safety professionals. Research has shown nearly 80 percent of aviation accidents are attributed to human error. As a result of this finding, the aviation environment must rely heavily on minimizing human error to ensure a safer air space. This chapter focuses specifically on key elements associated with human error and systems related to glider flying operations as well as some of the physiological issues involved in soaring.

Figure 13-1. 1 Human factor disciplines.

Figure 13-1. 1 Human factor disciplines.

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