Category: Human Factors

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.

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.

IFATCA, Quintiq hosts ATCO fatigue webinar

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations and Quintiq are to co-host ATCO Fatigue Risk Management Webinar, June 13, 2012.

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The Growing Threats To Aircraft From Lasers

The malicious use of lasers to blind pilots and air traffic controllers is rapidly growing and experts fear that these could lead to a crash someday.

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FAA and NATCA Reach Agreement on Controller Fatigue

The FAA and NATCA have recently reached an agreement on fatigue recommendations that were developed by a joint FAA-NATCA working group. This follows several incidents of controllers sleeping on the job during the past few months.

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ICAO Sets New Standard for Crew Fatigue Management

The Council of ICAO adopts new international standards for Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) as an alternative to prescriptive flight and duty limitations to address crew fatigue, often cited as a factor in aircraft accidents.

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Familiarization Flights

The FAA recently announced that they will put air traffic controllers back in the skies as part of a familiarization program to view life “on the other side of the frequency” after an almost decade-long suspension. I’ve experienced a few of these, but what are the benefits of such programs?

About Wayne Farley

I am Wayne, a career air traffic controller. Engage me while I share my thoughts, experience, and news from around the aviation world. A post titled “13 Characteristics of an Air Traffic Controller” written in 2010 went viral and established me as the unofficial ambassador of ATC.

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