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Human Factors and Safety

Human factors play a major role in almost every accident. If you are in a crash then human factors were probably involved. Some of the human factors that might contribute to a crash include:

  • a poorly designed instrument interface that led to confusion over where you were or what the aircraft was doing
  • a decision to show off your piloting skills by buzzing some friends on the ground
  • a failure to notice a developing problem because you were preoccupied with some other issue
  • a decision to press on into deteriorating weather, because you underestimated the risk and overestimated your personal capabilities

Psychological Factors

brain logoThe first factor is an example of a decision made by the manufacturer. Unless you design and build your own airplane, that is pretty much out of your control.

However, the other factors are examples of things that you can control to some degree. These are all related to poor Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), and most of this web site is devoted to helping you understand the psychological factors that influence ADM, and what you can do to improve your decision making.

Explore and Learn

Explore the links at the top of the page

  • Learn more about human factors and decision-making from the documents, videos, and presentations in the LIBRARY
  • Check your own psychological risk factors that may place you at greater risk of being in an accident through the EVALUATIONS.
  • Become a smarter, safer pilot by completing the TRAINING.