Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance Systems

Dr. Bill Johnson has over 30 years applied research and development experience with a focus on human performance in maintenance and repair of complex systems. His research efforts concentrated on every day solutions that affect human behavior and performance. Over this time, Dr. Johnson:

  • Conducted research and development in training, job aiding, safety and additional human factors in a variety of domains including, but not limited to, Navy helicopters, civil aircraft, NASA orbiter and Army electronics.
  • Served as the contractor manager for FAA Research on Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance and Inspection. In that capacity, he was the initial manager of the team that conceptualized and delivered the Online Aviation Safety Information System (OASIS) used by all FAA inspectors today.
  • Managed development of advanced technology Maintenance Human Factors training for Lufthansa Technik, a system being widely adopted throughout the world.

Dr. Johnson has an extensive publication record, dating to the mid-seventies. He served as a FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner, and is a Private Pilot and an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.

With aviation-related career employment in universities, private research laboratories and airline companies, Dr. Johnson offers a broad understanding of the many technical, financial and human-centered challenges associated with aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul.

Member, professional organizations and societies:
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators
Industry and government awards:
  • 2011 Whittle Safety Award

Academic achievement: Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois.