Second Edition
Aviation Psychology and Human Factors

Monica Martinussen & David Hunter

Now available from CRC Press.


Reviewers praise the latest edition.


"This unique and highly practical book should be the primary reference for students of aviation psychology seeking to gain an understanding of the principles and techniques of psychology applied to aviation. It will also be of interest to pilots and others who work professionally in aviation to gain insight into how much in modern psychology is applied to support safe flight operations. The new sections on aviation physiology and abilities and personality are excellent and further enhance the readability and usefulness of this text. The authors are leading figures in this field have presented a fascinating and highly readable textbook."
Robert Bor, Centre for Aviation Psychology, London, UK

"The book is a very thorough and up to date as can be introduction to aviation psychology and human factors, their benefits and practical implications, and a very enjoyable read at the same time. As the overall goal of the book is to make pilots and other students of aviation aware of psychology and human factors, to provide them useful information to apply in their daily work, and to make them informed consumers of future psychological research and studies, this book may serve as a very effective tool to that end."
André Droog, European Association for Aviation Psychology, President


  • Comprehensive text on all major areas in aviation psychology
  • Provides an updated review of research in the areas
  • Presents a valuable resource for both practitioners and researchers
  • Portrays a clear focus on the education of aviation professionals on how psychology may be applied to their field
  • Explains how psychological knowledge is key to improving aviation safety and efficiency


This book covers the application of psychological principles and techniques to situations and problems of aviation. It offers an overview of the role psychology plays in aviation, system design, selection and training of pilots, characteristics of pilots, safety, and passenger behavior. It covers concepts of psychological research and data analysis and shows how these tools are used in the development of new psychological knowledge. The new edition offers material on physiological effects on pilot performance, a new chapter on aviation physiology, more material on fatigue, safety culture, mental health and safety, as well as practical examples and exercises after each chapter.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction.

  • Research Methods and Statistics.

  • Aviation Physiology.

  • Abilities and Personality Traits.

  • Personnel Selection.

  • Training.

  • Human Factors and the Design of Aviation Systems.

  • Stress and Human Reactions.

  • Culture, Organizations and Leadership.

  • Aeronautical Decision-Making.

  • Aviation Safety.

  • Concluding Remarks.