TALKING Non-technical Skills for Aviators
A very normal accident
It was early evening on the 24th September 2022 when an offshore AW139 helicopter inbound to Houma-Terrebonne Airport in Louisiana, USA, declared a mayday. A lot had already happened in the cockpit by the time the co-pilot hit the press to transmit… We take a look at Normal Accident theory in the light of a…Keep reading
Helicopter human factors in focus
“For no other vehicle is the need for human factors research more critical, or more difficult.” Sandra G. Hart. That’s a bold assertion that I had never heard anyone make before and consequently had never given much consideration to whether or not it might be the case. So let’s unpack that proposition a little by…Keep reading
The safety dividend of aviation’s professional culture?
How much does an aviator’s own cultural identification with safety have a role in contributing to safety outcomes? Certain professions have strong and distinctive professional cultures. Aviation is one of these. Does a belief in a deep-rooted safety culture underpin how aviators identify as professionals?Keep reading