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Unmanned Experts provides a 3 day training package examining the Human Factors aspects of unmanned aviation and the challenges posed by remote piloting of highly automated systems.

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Aimed primarily at the UAS pilot, it is highly relevant to UAS designers and engineers and also to pilots in manned aviation. Research into human error in aviation tempts us to believe that the topic is well understood, but it is still a feature in most aviation accidents. Engineers and designers push for ever increasing levels of automation to reduce human error rates, so we might conclude that unmanned systems, by removing the man from the cockpit can enjoy lower accident rates.

This course, presented by experienced UAS operators and Human Factors trainers, looks at the reasons why the role of ‘the human in the loop’ and the provision of adequate data demand more consideration to improve safety standards in unmanned aviation and to enable the industry to break out of segregated airspace.

With an introduction that covers the history and development of unmanned systems, the course goes on to look at the role of human fallibility and error before looking in depth at the unique challenges of taking the pilot out of the cockpit while giving him enough information to operate safely and make decisions about the task and the aircraft systems.

The course considers the benefits of automation while looking at the topic of sensory detachment caused by lack of feel and the audio-visual cues available to the pilot on board an aircraft. Case studies are used to examine previous UAS accidents and the role that human error has played in them, while group exercises then give the students the chance to reduce the risk of these accidents occurring in the future.



  • A short history of unmanned aviation
  • Case Studies and Group Exercises
  • Safety Management
  • Human Error & fallibility
  • GCS interface design and aircraft behaviour
  • Presentation of visual information
  • Situational awareness and the challenge of remote operation
  • Automation & Flight Envelope Protection
  • Unmanned Aircraft Performance Factors
The HF and CRM course is designed to assist in answering
the following questions, and much more:

Can a good ground station interface solve the problems caused by the lack of “seat of the pants” feedback experienced by the pilot on-board a manned aircraft?


How well does the pilot understand how flight envelope protection has been incorporated?


Did the designer appreciate the operating environment and allocate the right methods and precedence to aircraft performance and malfunction information?


How do we share understanding and information in networked teams?