Part 4: Autonomous activities

Part 4: Autonomous activities

Things to think about, research and discuss:

  • What human factors do you think impact on a pilot’s performance?
  • How important are human factors for safety in commercial aviation?
  • How important do you think communication is in aviation?
  • How important is communication is amongst aircrew?
  • Have you ever experienced a situation as a pilot when communication was a problem? What were the circumstances? How was the problem resolved?
  • Have you ever had a problem communicating with ATC? If so, what was the problem? How was it resolved?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of having English as the international language of communication in aviation?
  • Have you ever had to use English when flying? If so, what were the circumstances?
  • How do you think stress impacts on a pilot’s performance?
  • What is the most stressful situation you have experienced as a pilot? How did you manage the situation?

Extra reading and viewing:

  • This article deals with stress and flight crew: Article 1
  • This one is about effective communication in aviation:
    Article 2
  • Here is a comprehensive overview with lots of excellent vocabulary practice: Article 2
  • This FAA video is very informative but quite long: Article 3 the subtitles make it easier to follow.
  • This is another FAA video, this time about the effects of fatigue: Article 4