The review of the training/skill gaps undertaken within WP2 of AIRVET (see report here) outlined four distinct areas where improvements to the current VET offering within the EU aeronautical industry could usefully be addressed within the human factors subject area, as summarised in the table:
|Target Audience||Training Need||Comments|
|Maintenance Technician||Improvement in the teaching materials and soft skill development.||Improve the training materials of the Human Factors module in the Part 66 approved training manual.|
|Airport Operation Operatives||Upskilling and induction of workers to address skills/training gaps and improve operation safety.||Provide exposure to Human Factors to address skills gaps. Short introductory course to the topics.|
|Human Factors||Awareness training of the subject and its importance||Its importance on the development of safety awareness and safety systems. The vehicle used to support the development of the other three areas.|
|Future Workers||New training material.||Provide introductory training materials for future workers who have had no exposure to the subject or the “Aviation Culture”.|
The AIRVET Alliance developed four courses with specific targeted modules in Human Factors to meet the needs of the areas identified. Each of the Human Factor modules* incorporates the e-learning objects also developed under AIRVET. We have therefore designed courses and modules in a variety of sizes fit for a variety of purposes in an attempt to provide a wide range of training possibilities that suit several types of participants.
Below you will find the summary of the 4 modules developed, as well as a link to download a “module descriptor” with details about the recommended duration, target groups, materials, etc.
Many ground handling related incidents at airports have human failings as a causal factor. This module aims to provide an introduction to human factors and their impact on safety and security of airport operations. The module will concentrate on the generic human factors impacting on the wide range of tasks encompassed by airport operations, but will also include specific factors pertinent to specific ground operation tasks. Students will gain an understanding of the need to take into account human factors when managing airport operation task procedures in a robust manner.
Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance: Psychological, physical and social factors can all have an impact on human performance and behaviour. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of human factors and considers their impact on safety and security in the aviation industry. Students will gain an understanding of the need to take human factors into account in relation to maintenance procedures and practices. Download module descriptor -> module 2 EN | FR | IT | PL | PT | SP
An Introduction to Human Factors in Airport Operations: Many ground handling related incidents at airports are due to human failings. This module aims to provide an introduction to human factors and their impact on safety and security of airport operations. The module will concentrate on the generic human factors impacting on the wide range of tasks encompassed by airport operations, but will also include specific factors pertinent to specific ground operation tasks. A student taking this module would typically be a new employee working within the airport operations environment working for either an airline or an airport operator. This module would typically form part of an induction course for new recruits. Download module descriptor -> module 3 EN | FR | IT | PL | PT |SP
Aerospace: Human Performance and Limitations: Many incidents at airports are due to errors caused by humans rather than technological errors. This short module aims to provide an introduction to human factors and the impact on safety and security issues within an airport. The module will concentrate on the generic human factors impacting on the wide range of tasks within an airport. A student taking this module would be a young person, possibly still at school, considering a career within the aviation industry. Download module descriptor -> module 4 EN |FR | IT | PL |PT | SP
*Course and Module definitions: A course is defined as a series of studies which leads to an educational qualification. The EASA part 66 license is a good example of a course, which leads to the award of a qualified aircraft maintenance technician. A module is defined as one of these separate units of instruction. Consequently, a course will be made up of several modules each covering a different topic area. A learning object is a term we use to describe a multimedia based training session, which includes e-learning lessons. Three learning objects have been developed, each with three lessons.