Human Factors in Aviation Safety (HFH)

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.

Objectives:  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 a special emphasis for safety managers, training, flight department and maintenance managers and supervisors, pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, and schedulers.

HFH 24-3
HFH 24-4
HFH 25-1
HFH 25-2 (Hybrid)
HFH 25-3
HFH 25-4
HFH 26-1
HFH 26-2
18-22 Mar 2024
17-21 June 2024
12-16 Aug 2024
21-25 Oct 2024
24-28 Mar 2025
16-20 Jun 2025
11-15 Aug 2025
13-17 Oct 2025

Course Outline

  1. Overview of Human Error 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
    •  Reason Model
    • Shell Model
    • Human Factors in Automation
    • Corporate Culture
    • Engineering a Safety Culture
    • Threat and Error Management
    • Fatigue and Alertness Management
    • Communications
    • Workload Management
    • Monitoring and Cross-checking\
    • Decision Making
    • Leadership/Followership
    • Information Processing
    • Managing Stress
    • Judgement Exercise
    • Case Studies

CEU: 3.2

Course Duration: 4.5 Days

Tuition: $2,950 (July 2023 - June 2024); $3,100 (July 2024 - June 2025); $TBD (July 2025 - June 2026)

Published on May 30th, 2017

Last updated on March 12th, 2024