Mechanisms in the Chain of Safety: Research and Operational Experiences in Aviation Psychology (BOK)
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Contemporary approaches to aviation safety show a dynamic endeavour to identify a variety of inputs, operational interventions that manage and improve activities and performance, as well as proactive initiatives that minimize the emergence of adverse situations. In this process, aviation psychologists study personnel selection and training activities; they evaluate the management of a flight operation, and ultimately analyse the things that went wrong. There has always been a strong interrelation between these components and it allows us to talk about a chain of safety. This volume presents the most recent efforts in this chain of safety streaming from both the industry and academia, as well as the future challenges for operational settings. Each contribution discusses a component of the chain while the book as a whole emphasizes and illustrates that understanding the connections between these parts is essential for the future. How should we organize our selection or training procedures, in what way can a flight crew mediate problems and how are we to understand the errors that are being reported? Addressing these questions leads to further considerations such as how the mistakes are linked to training and how coping mechanisms should help us to understand errors and accidents. "Mechanisms in the Chain of Safety" will appeal to aviation professionals (human factors experts, safety managers, pilots, ATCOs, air navigation service providers, etc.) and academics, researchers, graduates and postgraduates in human factors and psychology. Although primarily written for the aviation industry, this book will also be of interest to other high-risk dynamic activities that face similar challenges: the need to present effective and safe outcomes to the public in general and the stakeholders in particular.