For the first of our new IFA Thought Leadership Webinar series IFA VP Technical, Cengiz Turkoglu is pleased to welcome human factors expert and IFA Whittle Safety Award winner, Dr Hazel Courteney.
Hazel will present and discuss with Cengiz how ‘human factors’ is being turned into published design codes and tangible, practical techniques for design engineers to apply.
Cockpit human factors requirements are now in the design codes for both fixed wing and (since last month) rotary wing aircraft. Hazel has been centrally involved in development of the cockpit design codes and is now working on methods to demonstrate compliance, as she is applying them in an aircraft design project herself.
Hazel is also helping to launch new design techniques to reduce risk from errors in aircraft maintenance. Through the international safety organisation HeliOffshore, a design approach has progressed through workshops and trials to an internationally agreed Standardised Approach known as Human Hazard Analysis (HHA), involving Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, Sikorsky, Bell and HeliOne, as well as several Operators. Training has been delivered to introduce the method, with the first full courses having been delivered this month. These include why maintenance human factors is important, what design techniques are available, how they will benefit frontline teams and how HHA complements the normal design process.
HHA invites our industry to form a positive, proactive habit of learning from everyday practice. It provides a methodology to identify and assess the risk to critical human tasks in the design and maintenance of aircraft. HHA enhances frontline safety by closing the gap between the manufacturer design engineers and the operator maintainers to enhance error tolerant design and critical task processes. It also provides engineers with the tools and knowledge they need to consider human factors during the design process in a way that is systematic, documented and bounded.