The primary role of the AIR Human Factors Specialist is to develop human factors regulations and guidance on aircraft systems and to support certification projects. Also, they serve as subject matter experts when Aircraft Certification Offices have projects involving human factors issues with a new flight deck system, a new aircraft, or an alteration to an existing aircraft. Although they typically focus on flight deck systems, human factors specialists may also address other aspects of an aircraft, such as identifying human factors issues with evacuation slides, flight controls, and aircraft handling characteristics.
The Aircraft Certification Service has Human Factors Specialists who work in FAA offices throughout the United States. Their responsibilities vary based on the office they support (Rotorcraft Directorate, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Office, etc.). However, all Human Factors Specialists:
- Develop and update FAA regulations and guidance (including international guidance)
- Support certification projects
- Develop and update training
- Develop tools to assist FAA Aircraft Certification staff (Example: Design CoPilot)