CIRCULAR HUMAN FACTORS DIGEST No. 3 TRAINING OF OPERATIONAL PERSONNEL IN HUMAN FACTORS Approved by the Secretary General and published under his authority INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATtON ORGAP1tZATlON MONTREAL e CANADA
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Foreword 1. Flight safety is the major objective of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Considerable progress has been made, but additional improvements are needed and can be achieved. It has long been known that some three out of four accidents result from less than optimum human performance, indicating that any advance in this field can be expected to have a significant influence on the improvement of flight safety. 2. This was recognized by the ICAO Assembly, which in 1986 adopted Resolution A26-9 on Flight Safety and Human Factors. As a follow-up to the Assembly Resolution, the Air Navigation Commission formulated the following objective for the task "To improve safety in aviation by making States more aware and responsive to the importance of human factors in civil aviation operations through the provision of practical human factors material and measures developed on the basis of experience in States." 3. One of the methods chosen to implement Assembly Resolution A26-9 is the publication of a series of digests which will address various aspects of Human Factors and their impact on flight safety. These digests are intended primarily for use by States, to increase the awareness of their personnel of the influence of human performance on safety. The ICAO Secretariat will endeavour to assist States requesting additional information on the documentation available from various sources, on research undertaken by other States and on any assistance available from institutions or individuals. 4. The digests are aimed at the managers of both civil aviation administrations and the airline industry, including airline operational and training managers. Regulatory bodies, safety and investigation agencies and training establishments should also find them useful, as will senior and middle non-operational airline management, in their quest for effectiveness.
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