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Kearns  seeks recruits for research study in ‘snap-courses’

Suzanne Kearns, author of e-Learning in Aviation is launching a research study to assess the impact of electronic pilot safety training that is organized into 5-7 minute ‘snap-courses’. She is looking for participants and would also appreciate people helping her recruit more volunteers.

The total amount of training that participants will be asked to complete is about 3.5 hours covering the topics of fatigue management, aviation safety statistics, and aeronautical decision making. Participants will be periodically asked to complete safety attitude surveys as well as knowledge tests. All training and testing will occur online through a research portal website.

Click on this link should you want to take part.


Kearns Suzanne Suzanne Kearns, author of e-Learning in Aviation, has held airplane and helicopter pilot licenses for the last 13 years. She holds a Helicopter Flight Training diploma from Canadore College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science and a Master of Science degree in Human Factors and Systems Engineering both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.

She is currently an assistant professor teaching Commercial Aviation Management students in the Management and Organizational Studies program at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Ross teaches naval marine human factors in Saudi Arabia

In conjunction with the Saudi Development and Training Company Ltd in Riyadh, Jonathan Ross has recently completed a two-week training programme for Saudi students who will be taking roles in the maintenance of Royal Saudi Navy ships for the Red Sea and the Gulf. Mr. Ross taught two groups of ten students on the basics of ships, the marine environment, and a wide range of naval and commercial human factors topics.



Jonathan Ross Jonathan Ross is the Principal of High Ground Initiatives LLC, where he provides services in human factors, renewable energy, naval architecture and ocean engineering. He holds an MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a registered Professional Engineer (US) as well as a Chartered Engineer (UK). He served in the US Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific. He has written numerous technical papers and is the author of Human Factors for Naval Marine Vehicle Design and Operation.

Kay to present paper on neuropsychological testing

Gary Kay, co-editor of Aeromedical Psychology , is presenting a paper entitled 'Neuropsychological Testing in Aircrew: The Indications' at the International Air Transport Association’s Aviation Health Conference 2013, 24-25 September 2013, London, UK.

Dr. Kay’s presentation will review the role of neuropsychology in evaluating aircrew to determine the presence of aeromedically significant neurocognitive deficits resulting from acquired and developmental causes.



Kay, Gary

Gary G. Kay, PhD, is the President and co-founder of Cognitive Research Corporation. He is the developer and publisher of CogScreen, a computer-administered cognitive test used in pilot selection, fitness-for-duty testing and pharmaceutical research. He serves as neuropsychology consultant to the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr Kay is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. Dr Kay completed his PhD at the University of Memphis. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and a member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the International Neuropsychological Society and the American Psychological Association.

Randy Gibb appointed Director of the Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory

This past summer, Randy Gibb, lead author of Aviation Visual Perception, was appointed the new Director of the the Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory (ADRC) at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus and the College of Technology and Innovation (CTI), USA. He took up his appointment last May and he is taking over what is a relatively new institution as the ADRC was founded in February 2011.


Randy Gibb In addition to his new role at the ARDC, Randy Gibb works with ASU’s Aviation program to develop a graduate degree in Aviation Human Systems & Safety, as well as teach and grow the undergraduate aviation program.

Dr Gibb is an Arizona State University alumni, earning both his MSE in 1996, and PhD in 2007, both from the Industrial Engineering Department in Human Factors. Dr Gibb previously served in the US Air Force and retired as a Full Colonel in 2012. While in the Air Force he flew 6 different aircraft, commanded two flying units, and also served as Chair of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department at the US Air Force Academy. His research expertise is within aviation safety where he has specifically addressed spatial disorientation.

New Human Factors Books from Ashgate

Now in paperback: Resilience Engineering in Practice edited by Erik Hollnagel, MINES ParisTech, France, Jean Pariès, Dédale SA, France, David Woods, Ohio State University, USA and John Wreathall, John Wreathall & Co., USA

A Life in Error by James Reason, Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester, UK, November 2013

Oil and Gas, Technology and Humans edited by Eirik Albrechtsen, SINTEF, Norway and Denis Besnard, Mines-ParisTech, France, October 2013 

Evaluation of Rail Technology edited by Chris Bearman, Central Queensland University, Australia, Anjum Naweed, Central Queensland University, Jill Dorrian, University of South Australia, Janette Rose, University of South Australia and Drew Dawson, Central Queensland University, October 2013










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