Welcome to the RAeS Human Factors Group

The aim of the Human Factors Group (HFG) is to promote the understanding of the factors that influences the enhancement of human performance and the management of error in all aspects of aeronautics. The scope of the the group's work encompasses UK/Europe, although it is recognised that aviation is an international business. 

The HFG's activities are limited to areas where there is most benefit to be gained by its 'customers' - aviation professionals - pilots, navigators, observers, flight engineers, cabin crew, maintenance engineers, technicians, air traffic controllers, operations staff/dispatchers, airport managers, decision makers, financial directors, senior managers, ramp safety personnel, ground ops staff, aerodrome staff, security staff, designers, manufacturers, regulators, unions, industry bodies, safety organisations, government funding agencies, academia, trainers, influencers, consultants, accident investigators, and researchers.  And last, but not least, the flying public.


The strategies that the HFG employ include:

  • Improving standards of safety by promoting better industry understanding of Human Factors (HF) hazards and techniques for dealing with them.
  • Providing communication and education on the importance of HF matters, and on  techniques for providing HF training.
  • Working with relevant worldwide agencies to achieve a co-ordinated aviation HF strategy.
  • Encouraging HF research and development in aviation.Arranging a programme of lectures, conferences and mini-conferences.
  • Developing position, discussion and specialist papers.
  • Working with other RAeS Specialist Groups and Committees.
  • Poviding practical 'front line' advice, guidance and tools, where appropriate, that are  useable in the workplace.


For more information, visit the Committee's external website.

In This Section

  • Events

    Details on forthcoming RAeS Human Factors Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

  • Committee

    Meet the people who drive the RAeS Human Factors Group’s activities

  • Contact Us

    Get in touch with the Group or join the RAeS Human Factors Mailing List

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November 2015


  • 26 Nov
    Branch Event

    The e-Go Story

    The development of a remarkably light single seat Wankel engined aircraft at the cutting edge of design and material innovation.The lecture covers the development of a remarkably light single seat wankel engined aircraft at the cutting edge of design and material innovation.

  • 30 Nov
    HQ Lecture

    Young Persons' Lecture & Awards Evening

    The 2015 Young Persons' Lecture will be delivered by Dr Gemma Attrill, Principal Scientist, Support to Operations and National Security Team, dstl. She will outline what space weather is and why we should care about it.

  • 1 Dec

    Human Spaceflight

    This conference will provide an opportunity to respond to the publication of a UK Government policy paper on human spaceflight ahead of Briton Tim Peake going into space in December.