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Human Performance and Limitations in Aviation
Human Performance and Limitations in Aviation
Human Performance and Limitations in Aviation
Human Performance and Limitations in Aviation

Human Performance and Limitations in Aviation


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Human error is cited as a major cause in over 70% of accidents, and it is widely agreed that a better understanding of human capabilities and limitations - both physical and psychological - would help reduce human error and improve flight safety.

This book was first published when the UK Civil Aviation Authority introduced an examination in human performance and limitations for all private and professional pilot licences. Now the Joint Aviation Authorities of Europe have published a new syllabus as part of their Joint Aviation Requirements for Flight Crew Licensing. The book has been completely revised and rewritten to take account of the new syllabus. The coverage of basic aviation psychology has been greatly expanded, and the section on aviation physiology now includes topics on the high altitude environment and on health maintenance. Throughout, the text avoids excessive jargon and technical language.

  • includes further recent revisions to the European JAR syllabus
  • a readable guide which avoids too much complexity
  • suitable not only for private but also commercial pilots
  • based on an international syllabus, the book will appeal to overseas training in English
  • 'a very useful reference book ... worthwhile and recommended' - Australian Air Pilot


Part 1: Human Factors: Basic Concepts. Human factors in aviation; Part 2: Basic Aviation Physiology and Health Maintenance. The basics of flight physiology; Man and the environment - the sensory system; Health and Hygiene. Part 3: Basic Aviation Psychology. Human information processing; Human error and reliability; Decision making; Avoiding and managing errors: cockpit management; Personality; Human overload and under-load; Advanced cockpit automation. In conclusion; Bibliography; Index

The authors

The late Ron Campbell, Executive Chairman of AOPA UK, was a member of the ECAC Working Group and JAA Flight Crew Licensing Commitee responsible for the harmonisation of pilot training and licensing in Europe. Pamela Campbell, who has also contributed to the book, is a former commercial pilot and flying instructor and is currently the International AOPA delegate on the JAA Flight Crew Licensing Committee

Michael Bagshaw, co-author, is Head of Medical services for BA. He is a current professional pilot, flying instructor and examiner and a recognised authority on human factors in aviation. He was formerly Senior Medical Officer Pilot and specialist in aviation medicine at the RAF institute of aviation medicine, Farnborough, UK

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