Flight training and flying are hazardous activities that demand the most of human operators, whether they be pilots or other actors involved in the complex aviation system. This book aims to serve as a handbook for dealing with aviators and other operators, those seen as patients as well as those functioning normally, who nonetheless wish to improve their performance. The text intersects the human factors and clinical areas of aviation and operators in extreme environments. The book defines specific touchstone areas such as selection, training, accident investigation, measurement and testing and practical interventions. The little-margin-for-error realm of aviation exposes operators to stress and risk on a daily basis, and the book offers a blueprint for combining the talents of clinical psychologists with flight surgeons and human factors practitioners to enhance safety and efficiency.
Contents: Is this book necessary?; Selection: what can a clinically trained psychologist contribute?; The mythÂ of pilot personality; Getting information: psychological testing, interviewing, other data gathering; Providing feedback: providing information to pilots and referral sources (often flight surgeons or commanders); Providing support: critical incident stress debriefing; Teaching; Additional assessment tips; Interventions; Motivation and fear; Airsickness: prevention and management; Consulting to an aircraft mishap / accident investigation board; Glossary; References.
Raymond E. King at the time of writing, was Chief of the Collaborative Systems Technology Branch of the Crew Systems Interface Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. He received his BA from Rutgers College, MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison), and doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.