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Human Factors in Aviation Safety (HFH 22-5)

June 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am - June 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm


Course Description

Humans design, build, operate and maintain the aviation system. Consequently, data shows that the majority of aviation accidents and incidents have roots in human factors. With this realization comes the conclusion that quality human factors training is effective in improving safety. This course presents human factors information in a manner that can be readily understood and applied by aviation practitioners. Emphasis is placed on identifying the causes of human error, predicting how human error can affect performance, and applying countermeasures to reduce or eliminate its effects. The course content follows the subjects recommended in FAA Advisory Circular 120-51E. The course also addresses some of the topics recommended in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Human Factors Digest Training Operational Personnel in Human Factors. The emphasis is from the pilot’s perspective, but is applicable to all phases of aviation operations. The course relies heavily on participation, case studies, demonstrations, self-assessment and practical exercises.


To provide a theoretical and practical knowledge of the application of human factors principles and techniques in aviation. To provide knowledge about human performance issues, including why we make errors and violate procedures. To provide strategies for individuals, leaders, and organizations that can be used to prevent errors/violations. To clarify the relationship between human factors, risk management, and Safety Management Systems.

Who Should Attend

This course has been carefully designed to appeal to a wide-spectrum of professionals actively involved in aircraft operations.  There is special emphasis for safety managers, training, flight department and maintenance managers and supervisors, pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers and schedulers.

Course Outline

  1. Overview of Human Factors and Recent Advances
    • Human Error
    • Systems Approach to Aviation Safety Improvements
    • Cases of Aircraft Accidents Due to Human Error
  2. Introduction to Human Error Accident Reduction Training
    • History of Aviation Human Factors
    • Reason Model
    • Human Factors in Automation
    • Corporate Culture
    • Engineering a Safety Culture
    • Threat and Error Management
    • Fatigue and Alertness Management
    • Communications
    • Workload Management
    • Monitoring and Challenging
    • Situational Awareness
    • Norms
    • Decision Making
    • Leadership
    • Information Processing
    • Case Studies
    • Build an Accident

Course Duration:  4.5 Days

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Published on March 5th, 2021

Last updated on March 5th, 2021


June 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am
June 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm


USC Aviation Safety and Security Program
6033 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States
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