Human factors, automation and safety
How should aviation manage the risks associated with new flight deck technology? Air transport pilots, academics and airline managers were among the 100 attendees at CASA’s human factors and the automated flight deck workshop, held in February at the University of NSW, in Sydney.
Speakers from the US Federal Aviation Administration, the US Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), Australian airline transport operators and CASA teased out the issues associated with what many in aviation are coming to view as a paradox: the effect of complex, highly reliable automation on safety and pilot training. Automation undoubtedly contributes to the impressive safety record of modern air transport, but it also brings new hazards with it. Recent high profile accidents including Air France 447 over the Atlantic Ocean and Colgan Air at Buffalo NY, have highlighted the increasing gap between the old ways of training and modern automated flight decks.
Themes that emerged from the workshop included the usefulness of replacing the concept of ‘automation’ with the broader idea of ‘flight path management,’ in which a pilot uses automation as a tool to assist in controlling the aircraft’s flight path. Several presentations also discussed how to integrate effective automation management into flight training, with a strong theme emerging that safe use of automation requires equal if not greater skills in modern pilots, compared to the aviators of old.
- Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems: Overview of the final report of the Performance-Based Operations Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC)/ Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) Flight Deck Automation Working Group
- Flight Path Managment
- What monitoring and intervention skills do pilots need?
- Manual Flight Operations
- FAA LOC-I Mitigation Strategies
- Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems: Status of Recommendations of the Performance-Based Operations Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC)/ Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) Flight Deck Automation Working Group
- Operational Policies and Training?