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Aviation Human Factors

Volpe engineer demonstrating Volpe's state of the ait 747 aircraft simulator.

Volpe’s Aviation Human Factors Division provides internationally recognized human factors research, engineering, development, and evaluation capabilities within a human systems integration framework. We pioneer new relationships between humans and policies, processes, automation, and technologies to improve aviation safety with due concern for unintended consequences.

Our work focuses on

  • Improving communications between pilots and air traffic controllers
  • Reducing runway incursions through communications and technology
  • Improving pilot flight deck tools and technologies, such as electronic flight bags, displays of traffic information, and aeronautical charts
  • Improving pilot training through our work examining simulator fidelity and simulator effectiveness
  • Addressing human factors issues related to implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)


  • Human-machine interaction research and assessment to improve transportation system design and operation
  • Human-centered automation evaluation and design
  • Operator impairment evaluation (e.g., fatigue, drugs, alcohol, distraction)
  • Human error assessment and countermeasure development
  • Experimental design and statistical analysis
Updated: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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