FAA advisory group affirms need for more attention to human factors

APA will be using findings and recommendations from the Human Factors Subcommittee to educate the new Congress on the importance of human factors aviation research
On October 14, the Chair of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) wrote to FAA Administrator Babbitt (PDF, 219 KB), to transmit the REDAC’s Human Factors Subcommittee report among others (PDF, 188 KB) providing guidance on the FAA’s R&D portfolio for Fiscal Year 2013. The Human Factors Subcommittee report affirmed the need for higher level personnel support of human factors research and development at FAA as well as the need for better coordination of FAA and NASA Human Factors research programs. Both recommendations were included in a General Accountability Office (GAO) report (PDF, 472 KB) released in August that relied on input from several APA members and other human factors experts. Science GRO will be using these points of consensus as well as the other findings and recommendations from the Subcommittee on issues such as safety-risk assessments, high fidelity simulation, and weather technology in the cockpit to educate the new Congress on the importance of human factors aviation research.