Human Integration into the Life-cycle of Aviation Systems

In the European strategy for air transport set out in, "European Aeronautics: A Vision for 2020" a target of an 80% reduction in aircraft accidents is proposed as necessary. Following the publication of these targets, the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) produced a Strategic Research Agenda which identified that ensuring effective and reliable human performance would be a key contribution to the required accident reduction. Analysis of accident data has shown that for 70% of aircraft accidents, human error on the flight deck is cited as the primary cause. In a further 15% of accidents human error on the flight deck is cited as a contributory cause. Deficiencies in maintenance are estimated to be involved in 12% of major accidents, and 50% of engine-related flight delays. In a complex system like aviation, the human operator (pilot, air traffic controller, maintenance technician) plays a critical role, both within and between sub-systems. Optimizing this role requires new design to reflect real human operational requirements. It is clear that methods and technologies, which are targeted at reducing, capturing or mitigating human error, would provide a major step toward the required reduction in the accident rate. The HILAS Project aims to achieve the target reduction in accidents by developing a 'system life-cycle' model in which knowledge generated about the human aspects of the system at the operational end is transformed into an active resource for the design of more effective operational systems and better, more innovative, use of technologies.

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    • Research institutions undertaking the sub-projects: Joint Research Centre (JRC); Civil Aviation University of China; Frederick Institute of Technology; THALES Avionics S.A; DEDALE S.A; Turbomeca S.A.; IFF - Fraunhofer-Institut für Fabrikbetrieb und -automatisierung; Avitronics Research; CERTH - Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas; Institute of Communication and Computer Systems; Trinity College Dublin; AMT - Aircraft Management Technologies Ltd. (AMT); SR Technics Ireland Ltd; Shevlin Technologies Ltd; Elbit Systems Ltd; Selenia Communications S.p.A; Eurofly S.p.A; Galileo Avionica S.p.A; Deep Blue; KITE Solutions s.n.c; ATITECH S.p.A.; SAS Braathens AS; Adria Airways d.d.; Universidad de La Laguna; Futura International Airways S.A; Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España S.A.; Lunds Universitet; KTH - Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan; AVTECH Sweden AB; Lufthansa Systems FlightNav Inc.; NLR - Stichting Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaart Laboratorium; Technische Universiteit Delft; TNO - Netherlands Organisation f


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Improving Aircraft Safety and Security

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    McDonald, Nick

  • Start Date: 20050600
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090500
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25677

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  • Accession Number: 01461578
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:48PM