Project for Global Center of Excellence for Human Factors in Aeronautics Ponte de Sor, Portugal
Proposal for Global Center of Excellence for
Human Factors in Aeronautics Ponte de Sor, Portugal
QOE Associates Lda, proposes the establishment of a global Aeronautical Human Factors Centre of Excellence, to be located in the Aeronautical Cluster in Ponte de Sor, Portugal. This collaborative center would provide research and development, university collaborations, consulting services and training and certification based on current market needs and the future European vision for the aeronautical industry.
The work of the Center will be focused on delivering Europe’s vision for Aviation outlined in Flightpath 2050, namely to serve society’s needs for safe, more efficient and environmentally friendly air transport; and to maintain global leadership for Europe in this sector with a competitive supply chain and competitive operators (ACARE 2017).
The role of human factors in achieving Europe’s vision for Aviation is recognised by the EU and industry stakeholders. ACARE (2017) has underlined that attention must be paid to all aspects of human factors, theory, methods and implications of decision support systems to optimize human and organisational factors for safety. More research is needed to develop smart humanmachine interfaces, for highly automated systems, and new crew and team concepts must be developed to embrace the whole air transport system. A continued focus on key operational roles such as pilots and controllers to monitor and support the human performance envelope detecting and compensating for problems such as fatigue, workload, vigilance and poor decision making, loss of situation awareness, and loss of control in real time (ACARE 2017).
To achieve the above, QOE Associates Lda, a multi-skilled team of leading industry experts and practitioners, is uniquely positioned to provide support to integrate the human element from the very early stages of the design of a safety critical system. Embedding human factors expertise from the definition of the job through the design, delivery of training and assessment of human performance, will lead safer operations, and optimize levels of resilience, productivity, and smooth and cost effective implementation of new technologies.
Working together with aeronautical industry stakeholders, governments and other partners, including academic and research institutions, the Centre will seek to provide state-of-the-art evidence and best practices in the area of aeronautical human factors within the European aeronautical industry. This will be achieved interalia through design, training, validation & certification, human performance trainings safety surveys and investigations. One such potential partnership could be with the ATL-100 project, developed in conjunction with CEIIA and DESAER. It presents a unique opportunity to use diverse Human Factors support throughout the design, development, training and certification stages using a systems approach. Ponte de Sor, provides an ideal location for the QOE Associates Lda Global Center of Excellence in Human Factors in Aeronautics. With its historical ties to aviation and current favourable and collaborative environment for the scientific and industrial development of companies, QOE Associates Lda is interested in having a base in one of Europe’s most important aviation clusters.