Barry H. Kantowitz Battelle Human Factors Transportation Center
The domain of transportation is important for both practical and theoretical reasons. All of us are users of transportation systems as operators, passengers, and consumers. From a scientific viewpoint, the transportation domain offers an opportunity to create and test sophisticated models of human behavior and cognition. This series covers both practical and theoretical aspects of human factors in transportation, with an emphasis on their interaction.
The series is intended as a forum for researchers and engineers interested in how people function within transportation systems. All modes of transportation are relevant, and all human factors and ergonomic efforts that have explicit implications for transportation systems fall within the series purview. Analytic efforts are important to link theory and data. The level of analysis can be as small as one person, or international in scope. Empirical data can be from a broad range of methodologies, including laboratory research, simulator studies, test tracks, operational tests, fieldwork, design reviews, or surveys. This broad scope is intended to maximize the utility of the series for readers with diverse backgrounds.
I expect the series to be useful for professionals in the disciplines of human factors, ergonomics, transportation engineering, experimental psychology, cognitive science, sociology, and safety engineering. It is intended to appeal to the transportation specialist in industry, government, or academia, as well as the researcher in need of a testbed for new ideas about the interface between people and complex systems.
This volume is focused on the aviation domain. It combines theoretical views of human performance, methodological issues, and practical implications, thus achieving a major goal of the series, which is to demonstrate the interaction between practical and theoretical aspects of human factors. Section I introduces aviation human factors, discussing history, methodology, and organizational factors. Section II reviews theoretical underpinnings as related to individual and crew performance. Section III focuses on parameters related to the aircraft itself, while Section IV considers air traffic control from a systems perspective. Section V covers aviation operations and design, including avionics, maintenance, security, and accident investigation. Forthcoming books in this series will continue this blend of practical and theoretical perspectives on transportation human factors.