The Effect of Automation on Human Factors in Aviation

Jamie Paul Brown


This paper looks to examine the effect of modern day automation on the human machine by reviewing literature spanning over three decades. Using the current human factors model SCHELL, we will review a significant aviation accident to determine the human factors components that contributed to the fatal crash. Conditions such as automation bias and complacency continue to surface as contributing factors in aviation accidents and incidents. A novel application to combat these human errors for operational pilots during low work phases of flight is suggested.  The importance of visualisation in the maintenance of manual flying skills is discussed with support from a neuroplasticity experiment that highlights the significance of this action.


automation, human factors, complacency, automation bias, cognitive load theory

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