Apr 02, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

AER 218 Human Factors in Aviation

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Clinic: 0 Credits: 2
This course analyzes interpersonal relationships in the cockpit and related psychological factors that affect pilot performance and efficiency during flight operations. Topics include cockpit management, judgment, aircraft and flight crew coordination and control, physiological factors, responsibility, and decision-making capabilities. Upon completion, students should be able to apply work-proven routines to stress management, crew responsibility, and the team concept in the cockpit.

Course is typically offered in Fall.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
At successful completion of the course, the student should be able to do the following:

  1. Correlate how human physiology, psychology, and cognition limit pilot performance.
  2. Explain the safety aspects of health on flying.
  3. Identify the ways a pilot senses information and uses that data for decision making in the flight environment.
  4. Assess the factors that cause stress and techniques for coping.
  5. Correlate the effects of biological rhythms on the function of sleep.
  6. Explore how interfaces between pilots and their equipment affect cockpit and checklist design.