This lecture was given by Dr Kathy Abbott FRAeS, Chief Scientific and Technical Scientific Advisor, Flight Deck Human Factors, from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Flight Operations Group of the RAeS , commonly known as the FOG, was formed in the early 1990’s by a small group of Professional Airmen, drawn together with the wish to enhance Safety in Aviation and further advance the standard of Pilot training. To this end the FOG have produced a number of Specialist documents - So you want to be a Pilot, and Smoke Fire and Fumes in Transport Aircraft [SAFITA] to name just two.
In the past year a number of the founding members of the Group passed on, leaving only 5 of the original number remaining. It was decided that in the 25th year of the FOG, this year, a Lecture should be should be given to commemorate the Founding of the FOG, and that it be a yearly occurrence.
Commercial aviation safety is the best it has ever been, and flight operations are effectively and efficiently moving forward. While recognising the many successes in aviation, there are increasing expectations of safety, new technologies, new airspace operations, new generations of aviation professionals and other factors that are changing aviation. There are both challenges and opportunities in these changes, and fundamental questions to be answered. This lecture discussed those challenges and opportunities, and identify fundamental underlying questions.
About the speaker:
Dr Kathy Abbott FRAeS has over 35 years of experience specialising in aviation human factors. She currently serves as the Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Deck Human Factors to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on human performance and human error, systems design and analysis, flight crew training/qualification, and flight crew operations and procedures.
Dr Abbott has led the integration of human engineering into FAA/international regulatory material and policies. She has been involved extensively in accident, incident, and other safety data analysis. She serves as the FAA liaison to industry and other government and international agencies dealing with human factors.