In this educational yet entertaining text, Jeff Koonce draws on his 44 years of pilot experience and 31 years as a professor of psychology and human factors engineering in addressing the questions of how to apply sound human factors principles to the training of pilots and to one's personal flying.
The author discusses principles of human factors, and how they can be utilized in pilot training and evaluation. With a conversational tone, he also relates anecdotes, jokes, and truisms collected during his time as a flight instructor. He takes a positive approach to the subject, focusing on safety and good practice rather than on accidents. While problem areas are acknowledged, and the book points out how certain problems may result in mishaps, the author avoids focusing on individual accidents.
Human Factors in the Training of Pilots is a must for pilots wanting to make a systematic study of the human factors issues behind safe flying, and for instructors or serious students needing an authoritative text.
PART I: HUMAN FACTORS
Traditional Training of Pilots
Principles of Human Learning
The Senses - Vision
The Senses - Hearing
The Senses - Mechanical
Evaluation of Performance
Maintenance of Skills
Advanced Aviation Systems
Future of Human Factors in the Training of Pilots for Commercial Air Carriers
PART II: APPLICATIONS AND HINTS FROM THE YEARS
Emergencies and Survival
Finding Out Why
"There are numerous books available which talk about human factors, many of which focus on flight and ground instruction for pilots, but we have not seen one that provides such in-depth study of the many factors influencing learning in this environment…Koonce uses plain language to defend the academic points in an understandable and reasonable manner. This allows even the novice aviation technical reader to agree to disagree with the human issues within the learning arena…The book is filled with valuable hints and tips that surely have been handed down by flight instructors through the ages. This book is a must-read for all professional flight instructors and definitely a should read for any aviation enthusiast."
-International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2004
"There are other books on human factors in aviation, but few so practical or so readable as this one…[The author] takes a positive approach to the subject, emphasizing safety and good practice. While problem areas are acknowledged-and the book points out how certain problems may result in mishaps-it avoids focusing on individual accidents. The book is equally useful for the pilot wanting to make a systematic study of the human factors issues behind safe flying, as for the instructor or serious student needing an authoritative text."