HELI-EXPO 2013 Professional Education Courses

Pilot Human Factors: Threat and Error Management

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


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At one level or another, most helicopter accidents have human factors as a major causal factor. While some human error is inevitable, there are effective strategies for managing a major portion of the risk. This course will provide the background and skills helicopter professionals need to identify threats leading to human error, predict how human error may adversely affect performance, and apply countermeasures to manage or eliminate these effects. In addition, the course will address how to create credible, nonpunitive policies toward human error, assess policies and procedures already in place, enhance professional standards, and develop training in threat and error management strategies within an organization.

The course curriculum follows the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) guidance in AC 120-51E, Crew Resource Management Training, and human-factors initial or recurrent training. It also meets the requirements of JAR-OPS and EU-OPS for human factors and crew resource management training.

At the completion of the course, attendees will understand the nature of human error. They will also have strategies to reduce incidents of human error in the workplace by enabling better decision making and developing effective techniques to manage threats and errors.

Craig Geis, co-owner and director of training of the California Training Institute, is a retired U.S. Army aviator and expert in the fields of human factors, safety management systems, law enforcement, and aviation operations. Geis has experience delivering training programs to military and civilian organizations worldwide, such as HAI, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the FAA, the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety and Security Program, the U.S. Military Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the University of Maryland. Geis is the author of a textbook on aviation safety management and many articles on human factors and safety management. He has a M.A. in psychology from Austin Peay State University and a M.B.A. from Georgia Southern College.

Who Should Attend

Pilots, training managers, safety managers, accident investigators, general managers, supervisors, and maintenance managers who need to understand or manage the human-factor risks inherent in both flight and ground operations.

Course Prerequisites

Professional Development Credit
FAA Wings program