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Human factors resource kit reinforces safety culture

A major update of CASA’s Safety Behaviours: Human Factors for Pilots resource kit was published in February 2019. The kit offers practical and insightful information for pilots of all levels and experience, as well as air operators.

The kit includes 10 booklets covering a range of topics – safety culture, human performance, communication, teamwork, decision-making and more – and a workbook with practical exercises, discussion areas and reference material. This edition covers new topics such as the rapid growth of automation and satellite-based navigation.

The science and theory of human factors is brought to life through the stories and practical advice of over 40 aviation industry professionals who feature in a suite of new videos included in the kit.

Aviation industry specialists such as Richard de Crespigny (best known as the pilot who safely landed Qantas Flight 32 after an engine explosion), Matt Hall (former Royal Australian Air Force pilot and current Red Bull racing pilot), Louise Kirkwood (Manager Human Factors, Qantas) and Sidney Dekker (safety culture specialist) all talk about their own human factors learnings.

The fully revised second edition has a special focus on the unique charter environment and is designed to help charter operators and pilots meet the human factors requirements of Parts 119 and 135 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.

Part 119 deals with the certification and management of air transport operators and Part 135 covers smaller aeroplane air transport operators. CASA expects the kit to also be an excellent safety tool for other air operators, such as regular public transport and air ambulance operators.

Individual pilots can use the booklets in the kit to improve their knowledge of human factors at their own pace, and the workbook exercises can be used as a guide to reinforce understanding of the key points for each topic.

The updated Safety Behaviours: Human Factors for Pilots kit is available for free on CASA’s website or can be ordered in hard copy from the CASA online store.