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Using a systems approach this course will deal with the various elements which influence safety in aviation including aircrew, aircraft, maintenance, management operations and airspace with an emphasis on human performance. The focus of the course is aviation human factors - the study of the relationship between the safety and efficiency of an aviation system and the people, tasks, environment and technology making up that system, incorporating human behaviour, information processing, time management and situational awareness, judgment and decision making, the senses, human error, automation, risk management, safety culture and emergency planning. A number of aircraft incidents and accidents will be analysed to illustrate key concepts in flight safety. Industry practitioners will deliver guest lectures and local field trips to aviation safety related civil and military organizations are planned.
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Semester 1



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