SCAA's Safety Committee launched their 2016 education program, which focuses on Expectation Bias. This is a safety hazard that transcends all aviation disciplines and basically describes the situation where an individual sees and hears what they expect to...rather than what is actually happening. This safety hazard creates scenarios of reduced situational awareness and complacency, ultimately leading to errors causing conditions.
Each of the three SHARE events this year will focus in part on this topic, leading up to our annual Safety Standdown Day in September. Our keynote speaker for this year's Standdown Day is Dr. Tony Cortes of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Cortes, a former Air Force pilot, has done extensive research in the field of expectation bias and human factors. He has a gifted delivery that portrays the issues of expectation bias into practical terms. Dr. Cortes, along with three other speakers will offer participants great insight and tools into avoiding these issues.
For more information on this year's SCAA safety programs, please see our website at www.socalaviation.com/safety.