Managing human error in aviation

Sci Am. 1997 May;276(5):62-7. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0597-62.


NASA: Crew resource management (CRM) programs were developed to address team and leadership aspects of piloting modern airplanes. The goal is to reduce errors through team work. Human factors research and social, cognitive, and organizational psychology are used to develop programs tailored for individual airlines. Flight crews study accident case histories, group dynamics, and human error. Simulators provide pilots with the opportunity to solve complex flight problems. CRM in the simulator is called line-oriented flight training (LOFT). In automated cockpits CRM promotes the idea of automation as a crew member. Cultural aspects of aviation include professional, business, and national culture. The aviation CRM model has been adapted for training surgeons and operating room staff in human factors.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Aviation / prevention & control*
  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Automation
  • Aviation / education*
  • Communication*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training
  • Organizational Culture