342-0419/04 – Human Factors in Air Transport (LCvLD)

Gurantor departmentInstitute of TransportCredits3
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Vladimír Smrž, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Vladimír Smrž, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFSIntended for study typesBachelor
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Full-time Credit and Examination 3+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The subject´s goal is to achieve the necessary competencies to focus on the issues of Human Factors and their impact on the system safety and security in the civil aviation.

Teaching methods



Human Factors play a decisive role in the design of aircrafts, which should take into account the physiological characteristics, needs and limits of the human body. Furthermore they have effect by their manufacturing and maintenance, air traffic control, preparation and training of staff and finally assessment and competency assessment of the machines and people. Here the critically affect the safety and efficiency of the air transport. Therefore, knowledge of the Human Factors and the need of teaching of this course by acquiring of some aviation qualifications is an ICAO requirement.

Compulsory literature:

FAA. Human performance considerations in the use and design of aircraft checklists. Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Human Factors Analysis Division. Washington, USA. 1995. Helmreich, R. L. and Merritt, A. C. Safety and Error Management. Technical Report 98 – 3, University of Texas, Aerospace Crew Research Project. May1998. Beňo, L., Dzvoník, O. Ľudské factory v letectve. Žilinská univerzita, Žilina, 2004. ISBN: 80-8070-276-4.

Recommended literature:

Helmreich, R. L., Merritt, A. C. and Sherman, P. J. Human Factors and National Culture. In ICAO Journal, Volume 51 (1996): S. 14 – 16. 1996. Helmreich, Robert L., Klinect, James R. & Wilhelm, John A. Models of Threat, Error, and CRM in Flight Operations. Paper presented at 10th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Columbus, Ohio, USA, May 1999. ICAO. Accident/Incident Reporting Manual (ADREP Manual), ICAO Doc 9156-AN/900, October 1987.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

To develop a semester work according to specification


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 The importance of air transport for regional and global economy 1.2 The Human Factors influence in the air transport safety 2 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF AIR ACCIDENTS 2.1 Accidents and incidents definitions 2.2 Statistical overview of the development of air accidents and their consequences 3 HUMAN FACTORS (HF) IN THE COMMERCIAL AIR TRANSPORT 3.1 The importance of HF 3.2 The need for knowledge of the HF in terms of aviation industry 3.3 Application of HF in the air traffic 4 UNDESIRABLE HF ASPECTS IN THE COMMERCIAL AVIATION 4.1 Failure to cope with stressful situations 4.2 Human errors and violations of procedures and regulations 4.3 Inadequate design of training and flight procedures for flight crew 4.4 Personal qualities of the flight crew members 5 POSSIBILITY OF INCREASING OF THE COMMERCIAL AIRTRANSPORT SAFETY 5.1 Elimination of the undesirable HF aspects 5.2 Training of stakeholders in the human error issue 5.3 Improving the system of flight crew selection and training 5.4 Improving the problem areas management

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2020/2021 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 30  16
        Examination Examination 70  21
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Rozsah povinné účasti

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2020/2021 (B3712) Air Transport Technology (3708R037) Aircraft Operation Technology P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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