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Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance

What We Do

The overall goal of Aviation Maintenance human factors research is to identify and optimize the factors that affect human performance in maintenance and inspection.

Research attention to personnel includes:

  • Qualification
  • Training
  • Motivation
  • Worker safety
  • Health
  • Return on investment
  • Professionalism
  • Human capabilities and limitations

Our research combines scientific understanding of human performance with applied studies conducted with industry partners. Resulting in solid and proven science, psychology, and engineering delivered in plans, procedures, software, and even hardware that can be immediately implemented to affect efficiency and safety.

Library and Current Research

Search the library and access our extensive collection of:

  • Annual reports
  • Conference materials
  • Reports and publications

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Procedures and tools to show safety and financial impact of HF interventions

Fatigue Risk Management

Learn about the fatigue challenges facing maintenance professionals:

Line Operations Safety Assessment (LOSA)

Proactive intervention strategies to help manage risk: