Aviation Research Projects
I have been studying aviation safety, with an emphasis on the role of autoflight systems in commercial airline flight decks, since 1989. In that 19 year period, I have conducted research projects jointly with four major airlines in the US and with five airlines overseas. I have also consulted for Airbus Industrie and performed contract research for Boeing. My aviation related research was funded by NASA’s Aviation Automation Safety program from 1989 – 2001. Since 2001 my aviation safety research has been funded by Boeing. Along the way I have designed flight deck instruments, composed flight deck procedures and authored training software. I have also made extensive field studies of flight operations.
Early in 2008 I was elected to the Flight Safety Foundation's Icarus Committee.