Human Error in Aviation

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Human Error in AviationMatthew R. GriffithEmbry-Riddle Aeronautics university

AbstractIt is unreasonable to assume that any person could operate continuously without ever making a mistake. Thus, human error is a very real and inevitable problem in the aviation industry. Unfortunately, for those involved, it is usually met with disastrous results. One momentary lapse of judgment might very well result in a large numbers of fatalities, as well as, hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Human error can be described as any event that takes place because a task, or portion of a task, was not performed with its exact specifications. Human error can stem from a very wide spectrum of circumstances. Three critical areas of concern that will be carefully reviewed in this paper are the following: fatigue, vision, and communication. It is important to study these primary causes of human error and look for trends or break downs that might very well serve to protect the safety of future flights. Only through the management of human error can continue the outstanding reputation of safety in the world of aviation.

Human Error in AviationBefore an accurate discussion on the root causes of human error can take place, it is necessary to understand the fast pace setting of the aviation industry. One visit to any major airport, such as Atlanta's international airport, and one will come to appreciate the tremendous demands placed upon all the aviation professionals involved along the process. There is continuous communication taking place between the different sectors, from the aircrew, to air traffic control, to maintenance, and all the other facets in between. Any position in aviation can be very exciting and rewarding, but it also demands a great deal of attention and situational awareness.
It is human nature to make mistakes from time to time. Certainly one…...

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