A phone conversation while driving blinds the brain to unexpected objects that may come in our path. The crew of Air Canada carrying out a visual approach would have experienced the same when they approached to land at San Fransisco.
Optimism and lack of fear killed many. When does fear set in? Sceintists had warned of a resurgence of SARS like virus in 2007 but humans rode on optimism.
My presentation on “Inattentional blindness during visual approach” was very well received by the organizer and some 450 attendees. A copy of the presentation is in the link below.
A 100 Tonne error in take off performance. We continue to believe that an engineering control will prevent a future incident. We need to ensure that flight crew perform NORMAL actions/procedures consistently and with accuracy. Human factors should be the point in focus.
Inattentional blindness, Cognitive bias and poor crew training standards lead to the near world worst air disaster.
How could two pilots execute an approach on the taxiway with 4 aircrafts with almost 1000 passengers in it. They missed the collision by 60 feet.
Introduction Ravi, a seasoned pilot with over 30 years of experience and 15000 flying hrs undergoes training to fly on a new fleet. He leads a flashy lifestyle and has a bold personality. None of these have a bearing on his flying capabilities and has been a safe pilot. He is competent during his ground […]
In the past decade we have witnessed the events involving the B-737 Max, A-320 NEO PW1100 engines and the B-787 battery fires. There have been numerous other minor incidents in the industry too. Every industry faces the challenges of change management. It can be due to introducing a new product or enhancing an existing product. […]
A NOTAM is a notice, distributed by means of telecommunication. The NOTAM contains information about a change in aeronautical facilities, services, procedures or hazards, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations. NOTAM was created more than 60 years ago. It is based on structured messages with a free text […]
Air India Express B-737 taxying on a rainy night ended up in a drain at Kochi airport in southern state of India. How could this have happened? For every, occurrence/behaviour there is a reason. Besides fatigue, environment, poor taxi markings, the reason for this occurrence could have been the intermediate taxi holding marking. The pilot […]
Introduction Humans, by their very nature, make mistakes. Human error is implicated in 70% to 80% of aviation accidents. (O’Hare, Wiggins, Batt, & Morrison, 1994; Wiegmann and Shappell, 1999; Yacavone, 1993). My views I beg to differ with the basic premise. Human involvement in the chain of events leading to an accident is a fact. […]