NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


August 28, 1998

Washington, D.C. - The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting a focus group meeting on Human Factors, August 31st and September 1st at the Aviation Technology Center located at the Indianapolis Airport Indianapolis, Indiana. The primary goal of the meeting, which will be facilitated by Purdue University staff, is to identify the successes and hurdles associated with the human factors programs and to concentrate on advancing the effectiveness of the programs.

"Participants at this meeting will have an opportunity to learn about the latest techniques in human factors training, gather lessons learned by other facilities , and benchmark individual activities against the best in the aviation industry," said John Goglia, NTSB Board member. "Using the small focus group approach, the onus will be on the attendees to bring information and questions that will be beneficial to everyone and to share training methods that are used throughout the industry," Goglia added.

In an effort to glean various training methods used throughout the world and to ultimately provide safer and more productive air carrier operations, the NTSB has invited 26 airlines, five universities and colleges, 11 associations and various government agencies to participate in this meeting. These organizations are expected to provide a wealth of insight into current human factors training activities related to aviation maintenance from around the world. Attached is a copy of the agenda for the two-day meeting.

The NTSB is an independent federal agency empowered by Congress to determine the probable cause of transportation accidents and to make recomm



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.