Written for the Aviation Professional. It provides the safety officer the basic information on human factors in order to run a mishap prevention program and the knowledge needed to apply principles of human factors to investigations. It is organized within the model of perception of stimuli, cognitive processes and response. Part I covers aviation physiology. Part II deals with aviation psychology. Part III applies human factors to the work place. Part IV provides practical considerations of human factors in mishap investigation and prevention of human error. Part V contains FAA suggestions for establishing a human factors safety program. Also included in the book are appendices, a bibliography, a glossary, reprints of safety articles and a comprehensive index.
Robert A. Alkov, Ph.D. received his Naval Aviator wings and commission in the US Naval Reserve in June of 1955. After serving a tour in an active duty carrier-based air anti-submarine squadron, Bob earned a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Florida State University in 1965. He worked as an aviation psychologist for George Washington University (HumRRO) under contract to the US Army for aviation training research at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the mid 1960s. He was employed at the Naval Safety Center as a research psychologist for 27 years before his retirement in September 1993. While there, Bob was responsible for creating the first CRM type program in the US Navy and Marine Corps, called Aircrew Coordination Training. The program became the first joint services CRM program with the adoption by the USAF Air Training Command and the US Army Apache Training Brigade. For this effort Bob was awarded the CNO Meritorious Civilian Service Award.