Developing a Single-Pilot Line Operations Safety Audit: An Aviation Pilot Study
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A single-pilot form of the line operations safety audit was trialled with a mid-sized emergency medical service air operator using two observers with a sample of pilots flying 14 sectors. The conceptual basis for observing pilot performance and analysing data was the threat and error management model, focusing on threats, errors, undesired aircraft states, and their management. Forty-six threats and 42 crew errors were observed. Pilots generally used sound strategies to prevent errors and to manage successfully those that occurred. Threats resulting from operational pressures were well managed. The study achieved its objective of determining whether a single-pilot line operations safety audit could be successfully developed and used as a basis for systematic data collection.
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors
Copyright 2012 Hogrefe & Huber Publishers. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors. It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation.
Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems