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July 31, 2008

I’m awaiting the arrival of friends from Paris – I was there during a terrible August heat wave several years ago, and will be happy to welcome them to our Oakland summer temperature of about 70 deg! I’m sure they won’t miss the Parisian heat.
I’ve gotten some good suggestions for making sense of the ASRS reports. Right now, we’re just reading the batch. My students say they will be hesitant to fly again after reading all these incident reports – but the good news is that none of these incidents resulted in an accident. It’ll be interesting to see what kinds of titles will be given to these reports – and to see what people say about the frequency of different types of conflict between pilots and ATC.
On a happy personal note, I was elected President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. I’ll spend a year as President-Elect before starting my year as President. The Naturalistic Decision Making community started a technical group within HFES – the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Group. HFES publishes a journal – the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making – and you can join the TG without being a member of HFES. Check the hfes.org website.

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