May 2001 Issue

Ignorant Bliss

Unfamiliarity with surroundings and equipment is a prime reason pilots screw up

Human errors in aviation have potentially tragic results. Pilots tend to be perfectionists, always seeking to make another perfect landing and slightly aggravated at themselves if they bounce one in. Itís even more embarrassing when you have a planeload of passengers along when you bounce one in.

In an effort to determine if there are better ways to prevent pilot error, researchers have looked at human learning and decision-making behaviors to see if there are common themes in accidents that lend themselves to effective preventive measures. One of the more interesting studies produced a list of conditions that tend to increase the chance of human error.

Unfamiliar With the Environm...

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