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 of getting the job done.
How do pilots mitigate risk when it relates to human factors? 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 …show more content…
This issue needs to be addressed and mitigated as much as possible. As pilots, we should want to make it as safe as possible, and strive to bring lessons and training to all others as well. The issue arises when pilots overestimate their abilities and commanders do not accurately determine the need to accomplish the mission. This trait of always wanting to accomplish the mission is in most of the military. While many leaders bring up this topic and the understanding of the risks involved, rarely is this topic discussed while in a combat zone. Additionally, while the CRM process looks at weather, duty day, flight time, and total flight time, it rarely looks at the real value of the mission to help evaluate risk. This can develop into the perfect storm if combined with a commander and briefer that do not consider a factor not written