HELI-EXPO 2013 Professional Education Courses

Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance

March 2–3, 2013 | | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Level 2
Maintenance Skills Track


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The two-day workshop will give aviation technicians insight in to the human element that affects their judgment in the workplace. Central to the workshop is an in-depth discussion and examination of the “Dirty Dozen”: a variety of human factors such as complacency, distraction, fatigue, and stress that all affect an individual's decision-making process. Through behavioral analysis and actual case studies, the workshop will demonstrate how safety nets, or countermeasures, can be instituted by the technician to prevent incidents and accidents caused by human error. Appropriate regulations that focus on professionalism and error reduction, along with safety management system requirements, will be reviewed.

This workshop is in compliance with Transport Canada, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aviation Safety Agency 145 and inspection authorization renewal requirements. This course is approved to meet the requirements of the National Business Aviation Association’s Professional Development Program Human Factors PM9.

The objective of this workshop is to equip aviation maintenance technicians, supervisors, and managers with the skills necessary to enhance safety, teamwork, and efficiency in the workplace, and therefore reduce aircraft maintenance errors.

Richard Komarniski, President of Grey Owl Aviation Consultants Inc., a leading provider of human-factors training has been active in the aircraft maintenance field since 1974. He holds Canadian and U.S. pilot and aircraft maintenance engineer licenses and has worked as a director of quality assurance, base engineer, and airworthiness inspector. Since 1991, Komarniski has been dedicated to developing and facilitating human-factors workshops for the aviation maintenance community and safety management system training for organizations. Additionally, he enjoys sharing his ideas on aviation safety through industry publications and at association conferences.

Who Should Attend
Aviation maintenance technicians, current and future managers, supervisors, directors of maintenance, and upper management. In addition, any person in a position of decision making in aviation maintenance will find the material covered invaluable. Aviation managers and flight crews are also encouraged to attend, along with their technicians.

Course Prerequisites

Professional Development Credit
Inspection Authorization Renewal (8 hrs.); FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician program