AVIATION PSYCHOLOGY IN PRACTICE.
This book seeks to extend the boundaries of aviation psychology in two interrelated ways: by broadening the focus of aviation psychology beyond the flight deck to the whole aviation system: and by discussing new theoretical developments which are shaping this applied discipline. A key feature of these theoretical advances is that they are grounded in a more developed, ecologically valid, understanding of practice.
Among the issues addressed in this new integration of theory and practice are the following: what goes on in the flight deck is dependent on the wider organisational context: human factors issues in aircraft maintenance and grounding are critical to aviation safety: our capacity to learn from aviation accidents and incidents needs to be supported by more systematic human factors investigation and research: we must also develop our understanding of the human factors of accident survival as well as accident prevention: theories of crew coordination and decision making must be supported by an analysis of how decisions are actually made in the real world with all its stresses and constraints: training should be grounded in a thoroughgoing analysis of the complexity of the job and a full understanding of the training process itself.
The text will be of interest to human factors researchers and practitioners in aviation and related areas. It will be of particular relevance to those who have a role in training, management or regulation throughout the aviation system.