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The Humans Behind Human Factors

A Look at the People and Resources in the FAA’s Human Factors Team

FAA Safety Briefing
Jul 1 · 17 min read

For decades, the FAA has been at the forefront of aviation human factors research, development, and practical application.

Aviation Human Factors
Aviation Human Factors

A Home for Human Factors

Aircraft Certification (AIR)
Aircraft Certification (AIR)
Photo of airplane.
Photo of airplane.
The EZ Fly concept being tested in a Navion airplane. Photo courtesy Flight Level Engineering, LLC
Flight Standards (FS)
Flight Standards (FS)

It’s our job to test all the elements of human-machine/system interaction, whether under good, bad, hard, or stressful scenarios, to ensure humans are safely up to the task.

Photo of FAA Engineering Psychologist Mark Reisweber.
Photo of FAA Engineering Psychologist Mark Reisweber.
FAA Engineering Psychologist Mark Reisweber stands in front of an End-Around Taxiway masking screen at DFW.
UAS Integration Office (AUS)
UAS Integration Office (AUS)
Photo is UAS control station.
Photo is UAS control station.
An example of a flight deck style control station with multiple displays that would be operated with a menu structure.
Aviation Maintenance
Aviation Maintenance
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The “The Buck Stops with Me” course helps aviation maintenance personnel understand that 100-percent procedural compliance relies on a healthy safety culture.
Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention (AVP)
Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention (AVP)
Photo of airplane crash investigation.
Photo of airplane crash investigation.
As part of his investigation duties, Air Safety Investigator Patrick Lusch looks for how human performance may contribute to aviation accidents.
Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM)
Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM)

Flight Deck Human Factors Research Laboratory

Photo of Dr. Dennis Beringer.
Photo of Dr. Dennis Beringer.
Dr. Dennis Beringer tests out some eye tracking equipment in a simulator.

National Airspace System (NAS) Human Factors Safety Research Laboratory



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This article was originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine. https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/
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