July 28, 2020

Andrew Blackie on the Human Risk lessons from Aviation Safety

Andrew Blackie on the Human Risk lessons from Aviation Safety

What can we learn about Human Risk from industries, like aviation, where the consequences of errors are matters of life & death.

That's a question my guest this time, Andrew Blackie, is more than qualified to answer. He's an independent Safety and...


What can we learn about Human Risk from industries, like aviation, where the consequences of errors are matters of life & death.

That's a question my guest this time, Andrew Blackie, is more than qualified to answer. He's an independent Safety and Human Factors consultant at Abris Consulting Ltd (http://www.abris.co.uk/).

Abris takes aviation safety investigation techniques and applies them to help build operational excellence in the wider safety critical community. Andrew was a Senior Inspector (Operations) at the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch conducting almost 50 major field investigations, numerous minor investigations and acting as the United Kingdom state representative on investigations conducted by foreign states.

With 20 years of aviation experience, Andrew has commercially operated types as varied as the DC-3, the Lockheed Electra and the Citation II for a Formula 1 racing team. He joined the AAIB from DHL Air where he had been a Captain and CRMi on the Boeing 757.

Andrew has a Masters degree in "Safety and Accident Investigation" and is accredited by the European Association for Aviation Psychology as a Human Factors Specialist.

So super well qualified!

In our discussion, we explore some fo the principles used in Aviation and how they can be applied in other scenarios. Plus, learn why recent incidents like this (https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/airport-hangar-foam-covered-discharge-los-angeles-lax-delta-a9427606.html) are far more severe than they might look.

During our discussion, Andrew referenced a research paper by Clewley & Nixon which you'll find here: https://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/1826/14680/Understanding_pilot_response_to_flight_safety-2019.pdf?sequence=4

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BlackieAndrew.