Category: Human Factors

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LAX’s air traffic controllers are exhausted; overtime’s up 2,000% in last decade

Tweet A record 70.6 million passengers a year now pass through Los Angeles International Airport as it undergoes a multibillion-dollar “world class” modernization. Passenger terminals, like Tom Bradley International, are being remodeled with upscale shopping and dining. Runways are being refurbished, and public transit is finally on the way. But high up in the control […]

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Air Traffic Controllers are wired to be lazy

Canadian researchers have recently concluded that air traffic controllers are biologically wired to be lazy. Air traffic controllers were not exactly singled out by the researchers, but the statement was made about all humans.

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ATC: A job that slowly kills you?

Every day I receive new followers on my Twitter account and as customary, I inspect the profile of each new follower. A few days ago, upon inspection of one of my new followers’ profile, the description said “Controlador de Tránsito Aéreo … A job that slowly kills you.”

Tragedy Gives Birth to Robustness

Guyanese collectively held their breath as they learned of the disappearance of a Cessna Caravan in the interior of the country on Saturday. The worst fears were realized as both crew members on board the aircraft perished in the crash. What lessons are there to be learned? These will undoubtedly make aviation more robust.

5 Ways to Leverage Your Best Performance

As aviation professionals the world over, we have the responsibility of safely moving millions of passengers around the world. To our aid are thousands of pages of regulations and best practices, a myriad of equipment and tools, and rigorous training. Despite the monumental advances through the decades, these alone are not enough to ensure safety. Here are 5 ways to leverage your best performance.

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Key Traits of Air Traffic Controllers

Air traffic controllers have one of the most stressful, time-consuming, and vital jobs in the aviation industry. In addition to telling pilots how to safely navigate the skies, air traffic controllers must make on-the-spot decisions, endure rigorous training sessions, and remain extremely calm under pressure. Here are the traits:

Opinion: Why do planes still crash?

By now, everyone should know that aviation is the safest way to travel: Even in parts of the world with a “high” accident rate, that rate is still far below other ways to get from point A to point B. This level of safety is due to a tradition of hard work and technological advances that must continue. Bill Voss, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, gives his opinion.

Pilot's Age Not Necessarily Evidence of Discrimination

Being fired because of your age doesn’t mean that you are a victim of age discrimination, says the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Avera v. United Airlines.

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About Wayne Farley

Wayne Farley I am Wayne, an aviation safety evangelist who once made my living working in the control tower. Engage me while I share my thoughts, experience, and news from the aviation world. After writing "13 Characteristics of an air traffic controller" in 2010, it went viral and established me as an unofficial ambassador for ATC. Read more.

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