Aviation Psychology and Human Factors
Monica Martinussen & David Hunter
Written by psychologists for pilots
Amazon.com reviewer gives the book 5 Stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars--Great Human Factors Book!
For a student in the field on aviation, whether you're a pilot,
a controller, or even just an interested researcher, I would highly
recommend this book."
While it is true that fortune favors the prepared
mind, in the field of aviation, it may be equally true that misfortune
often punishes an unprepared mind. To be fully prepared, pilots
must have comprehensive knowledge of weather, aerodynamics, propulsion,
navigation, and all the other technical disciplines. However,
they must also have a comprehensive understanding of the component
that is simultaneously the most fragile and most resilient, the
most unreliable and the most adaptable—the human being.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What is Aviation Psychology
What is research?
Goals of psychology
Models and psychological constructs
Human performance models
Models of human information processing
Models of accident causation
Models of aeronautical decision-making (ADM)
Research Methods and Statistics
The research process
Literature reviews and formulating research questions
Descriptive methods and measurement
Experiments, quasi-experiments and correlational designs
Design and validity
Engineering Psychology and the Design of Aviation Systems
Types of human error
Human characteristics and design
Principles of display design
An example: Design of the fuel gauge
Predictors and criteria
How do we know that the predictors work?
Historical overview of pilot selection methods
How well do the different methods predict performance
Personality and work performance
The utility of testing
Fairness and selection
Applicant reactions and attitudes
Training system design
Training using personal computers
Recurrent training and skill decay
Human Performance and Reactions
What is stress?
Conflict between home and work
Burnout and engagement
Individual differences and stress
Consequences of stress
The joys and stressors of air travel
What is air rage?
Culture, Organizations and Leadership
Organizations and accidents
What is culture?
Women and aviation
Restructuring in organizations
Causes of accidents
Classification of aircraft accidents
Special problems in doing research on accidents
Why are some pilots safer than others?
The decision-making component of accidents
Other programs to improve safety
Civil aviation authorities
Accident investigation boards
Other civilian government agencies
University research centers