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Human Factors in the CF-18 Pilot Environment

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Technical Report

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Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine North York, ON Canada

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A review of human factors in the CF-18 pilot environment was undertaken. Over 300 human factors issues were initially identified from the scientific literature, the 1 Air Division and Fighter Group safety surveys, and discussions with military and civilian flight safetyhuman factors experts. Eighty-eight 88 of the issues most relevant to CF-18 operations were selected and grouped under five functional, or Factor, headings Aircraft, Aircraft Operations, Training, Squadron Personnel, and Organizational. Issues were evaluated using a questionnaire and interview format. One hundred and sixty-one 161 active CF-18 pilots took part in the survey. They were asked to assess, from a squadron perspective, the current effect of each issue on two parameters flight safety and operational effectiveness. Each issue was rated on a scale ranging from very beneficial to very detrimental. Ratings were analyzed using the non-parametric procedure of dual scaling.

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