Human Factors Application in Aviation

3-day course | Classroom & In-company Delivery
  • Classroom course in London Gatwick
  • Delivered by active UK CAA regulators and Human factors professionals
  • Explore ICAO’s Human Performance Principles
  • Learn to apply Human Factor principles and models
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01/06/2021 London Gatwick £1,290.00 More than 5 places Book
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Course overview

What is Human Factors?

Human Factors (HF) is a multi-disciplinary science that aims to understand the way that people’s characteristics, capabilities and limitations work within a socio-technical system. HF research looks at a range of situations such as the design of equipment and tasks, training and selection. This knowledge needs to be applied to the aviation environment, which is dynamic and constantly changing. Understanding how people actually perform under operational circumstances enables the development of systems and procedures that support people to contribute to aviation safety.

Course Overview

This course provides delegates with a viewpoint on HF issues from a system perspective and how to practically seek to optimise the work of the people within the system. It will explore principles of human performance in line with the ICAO Human performance principles. Delegates will learn how people’s capabilities and  limitations interact within the system to affect their performance in an operational environment. It will translate this knowledge into practical applications that can be used within the delegate’s professional environments to support optimum human performance.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for aviation professionals with some existing experience of human factors topics (for example CRM/TRM), who are interested in taking a broader perspective on optimising human performance within the aviation system.  Regulatory staff from other industries may also benefit from this course.

Key topics

This training course will include the following topics:

  • ICAO Human Performance Principles
  • Systems and Organisation Factors
  • Changing perspectives on human performance
  • Individual and group capabilities and limitations
  • Common system applications of HF including; design of work and equipment, design of checklists and procedures, personnel selection, training
  • HF of safety promotion activities and implementing change
  • Investigating incidents involving HF, and developing robust incident closure actions
  • Practical application of HF principles and models

Course objectives

By the end of this course delegates will demonstrate an understanding of the following through presentation and interactive discussion:

  • Understand HF capabilities and limitations and how they affect human performance in a day to day environment
  • Develop and explore the approaches to the understanding of HF within their organisation
  • Putting into practice the practical assessment and management of human performance


Delegates should have a basic understanding of HF requirements in relation to their organisation and working environment. They may have participated in earlier HF activities such as CRM / TRM courses or other basic HF training.

Further reading

UK CAA’s Strategy and Action Plan for Human Factors in Civil Aviation
This strategy sets out how we propose to contribute to the development of greater understanding and application of Human Factors (HF) knowledge to support Human Performance (HP) in the operational environment.

European Strategy for Human Factors in Aviation
The Strategy sets out to achieve two principal functions. First, to foster consistency in the integration of human factors principles in the regulation, governance, system design, training, licensing, audit and assurance of aviation activities. Second, it outlines how the practical understanding and application of human factors can serve in enhancing safety performance across the aviation safety system.

Delivery Methods: Classroom

This course can be delivered face-to-face in classroom at our London Gatwick training centre.

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We can also tailor this training courses to suit an organisation’s individual training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered in the UK or at a client’s international location. Contact us for more information.

Course Type Course Name Start Date End Date Venue Cost Availability Book
Class Human Factors Application in Aviation 01/06/2021 03/06/2021 London Gatwick £1,290.00 More than 5 places Book
Class Human Factors Application in Aviation 06/09/2021 08/09/2021 London Gatwick £1,290.00 More than 5 places Book

Human Factors Application in Aviation Instructors

Human Factors Application in Aviation Instructors

Kathryn Jones

Human Factors Application in Aviation Instructors

Anna Vereker

Kathryn Jones

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Kathryn has worked in aviation since 1989 and is an aircrew fatigue management expert. Her experience includes: working for an airline; being a UK CAA auditor; and Head of Scheduling for the British Airline Pilots Union. Kathryn returned to the UK CAA in 2008 and has worked on flight time limitations and fatigue risk management systems and is currently focused on the delivery of the UK CAA’s human factors programme. She has been a member and chair of various European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rulemaking groups and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Fatigue Risk Management and Human Performance Task Forces. Kathryn also holds a Masters in Air Safety Management.

Anna Vereker

Human Factors Application in Aviation
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Anna is a British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Chartered Occupational Psychologist and European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) endorsed Aviation Psychologist, who works as the Human Factors Programme Specialist within the UK CAA. She has worked in aviation for over a decade, serving with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and working for NATS UK before joining the Authority. Anna is focused on encouraging the aviation industry to enact more robust human factors considerations and encouraging organisations to support people to perform at their best.

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