Human Factors in Aviation Safety Term Paper by Nicky

Human Factors in Aviation Safety
An examination of the fly-by-wire system technology in aircrafts and in aviation safety.
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The paper provides a description of the fly-by-wire system technology and looks at the application of this system in both Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft. The paper discusses the problems with the Airbus fly-by-wire technology and compares the Airbus and Boeing systems. Finally, the paper explores the human factors involved with fly-by-wire systems and notes the inconclusive research on whether flight control systems or pilots are more reliable in emergencies.

First Fly-by-Wire on A320
How the Airbus Fly-by-Wire Works
Problems with the Airbus Fly-by-Wire FCS
Differences Between Airbus and Boeing Systems
Human Factors Considerations
Pilot Control or FCS?

From the Paper:

"On May 25th, 1972, Gary Krier took off from Edwards Air-Force Base, California in an F-8 that bore the tail number "NASA 802." Unique to this flight was that every command Krier gave to the aircraft went first from a joystick and through a digital computer before being relayed to the hydraulic systems that operated the control surfaces: flaps, elevators, rudder, thrust and so-on. This aircraft was the first experiment in digital fly-by-wire but it was already hip deep in the idea: without the computer, Krier would have had extreme difficulty controlling the aircraft because the designers had sacrificed stability for speed and maneuverability. So began a one-way migration away from direct human control of things and towards computer mediated control. It began with warplanes, and may yet end with people and their cars (Wenham)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Aircraft flight control systems." n.d. Absoluteastronomy. 03 March 2009 <>.
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  • Bannister, Jonathan, et al. "Fly-by-Wire Report." 04 October 2006. Adelaide University School of Mechanical Engineering. 05 March 2009 <>.
  • "Corporate information/history: Fly-by-wire." n.d. Airbus. 04 March 2009 <>.
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