Human Factors 
Potomac Chapter

HFES Potomac Chapter Meeting featuring a talk by Drew Henderson on his experience with initial pilot training at a regional airline

  • 24 Mar 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Ri-Ra, 2915 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22201

The schedule will be as follows:

5:30: Executive board meeting 

6:00: Networking

6:30: Dinner

7:15: Speaker

Who can eat a bowl of cereal while driving to work?  This presentation will discuss findings on why multitasking is challenging for airline pilots.  Human cognition issues from the book The Multitasking Myth will be explored.  One such issue is interleaving, which is the tactic that a person may have to employ to drive and eat a bowl of cereal at the same time.  Written by three NASA researchers, a central theme of the book is how humans react when confronted with multiple task demands and interruptions to familiar routines.  How can system designers, procedure developers, and training managers reduce the probabilities of errors related to multitasking?

Drew Henderson is a native to the Washington, D.C. area.  He attended Purdue University for his undergraduate degree and then spent 5 years flying as an airline pilot flying in and out of the busiest East Coast airports such as Washington National, New York LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston.  He then took a break from flying, worked as a contractor for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and earned a Masters in Aviation Human Factors.  Recently, he has returned to airline flying, and he continues to support the FAA.

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