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Baines Simmons contributes to EASA’s new Human Factors Collaborative Analysis Group (HF CAG)

EASA logoPrincipal Consultant, Chris Drew, attended the inaugural meeting of the HF CAG on 1st March 2017 at the recently opened EASA building in Cologne.  CAGs are a response by EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky, to make more use of industry expertise to inform its safety risk portfolios and regulatory development activity. It is attended by representatives from the across the spectrum of aviation, from manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus to air traffic experts, air operators and ground operations and is intended to be an umbrella group stretching across the other Commercial Air Transport CAGs that are currently being formed . HF CAG replaces EHFAG (the European Human Factors Advisory Group), of which Chris Drew had been a contributor for last five years.

Emerging from this meeting, there was recognition among the group that there is still much to be achieved to ensure that Human Factors is integrated into the current rules that mandate the management of safety risk. As the SMS rules expand across the Part 145 and 21 domains, this will become even more important and the work of the group to ensure a harmonised approach will be crucial.