Human Factors In Aviation Case Study

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Human factors in aviation is something that affects every pilot (Hunter, D. R., 2014). This is also an area that should be assessed before every flight. As we look at the different human factors like crew endurance, or duty day we should place a value on the associated risk for the current conditions. We need to be aware of how these factors influence our decision processes. The US Army uses Composite Risk Management (CRM) to mitigate risk for all aspects of training and wartime operations, along with a Risk Assessment Worksheet for aircrews (Headquarters Department of the Army, 2006). While understanding the training aviators go through to evaluate risk, we will look at the stressors of always completing a mission, and the pressure
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They should look at all of the conditions that their body has gone through, whether it be traveling across multiple time zones or working extended hours for weeks on end. This element becomes vital to evaluate when discussing aviation in the military. Military pilots are flying all over the world in hostile conditions that come from both the environment and people. Their commanders require them to work with limited resources during ever-changing hours and shifts. This comes from a limited number of pilots and maintainers needed to perform continually at a high operational tempo. When combining this environment with the perception that the mission must be completed, it can lead to unnecessary accidents. There is no question that the military glorifies units that “make it happen,” when applied to getting a mission completed. This in-turn leads all military members to lean forward, never wanting to have to cancel or delay a mission. Indoctrinated in us from initial entry, by the soldiers’ creed, which is memorized by all soldiers. “I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat” (See Appendix for entire soldier’s …show more content…
This includes adding a category of importance of the mission, to planning considerations. If it is not as important, then a lower level of risk should be used as the maximum amount to accept. On the other hand, if it is a very important mission, a higher level of risk is accepted. I understand that this is supposed to be going on behind the scenes anyways, although it is not written anywhere for the pilot flying to evaluate. Furthermore, we all understand there is going to be some level of risk when flying in combat or responding to an emergency, however, the point is to evaluate the significance of the

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