Operational Safety and Human Factors

Steve Jarvis is a specialist in error, human task performance and flight safety. He was senior lecturer, course director and aviation human factors lead at Cranfield University, before leaving in 2012 to meet the increasing industry demand for his services. He has acted in an advisory capacity to many airlines and large helicopter operators.

He is Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Chartered Ergonomist / Human Factors Specialist and holds PhD and MSc degrees in aviation safety and human factors. He was the main author and editor of CAP 737 (UK CAA publication).


Steve is best known for the
practical application of multiple disciplines to resolve aviation safety issues (supportably, but without lengthy academic research). He has developed many techniques that blend academic / scientific rigour with the practical and fast-moving demand of aviation operators, in order to improve safety performance. His success is shown by repeat demand from world leading aviation organisations, and by the impact of his work internationally.

Direct application of this work in flight operations can be found embedded in:

Air New Zealand’s RNP operations
easyJet’s cabin procedures The RAF’s C130J low flying operation The RNZAF’s P3 and C130 flight deck upgrades British Airways’ HF pilot training courses Air Nelson’s RNAV operations UK Regulator guidance documentation (CAP 737) Air NZ’s Head-Up Display training Queenstown A320 night operations Bond Offshore Helicopter colour schemes  World wide offshore helicopter procedures and training to avoid wrong deck landing incidents New Zealand Airways Oceanic Controller processes for automated conflict probing Investigation reports by the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch
..and much more

Steve's work is unique in the field, particularly when merging theory into practice. This is helped by his varied professional experience (including human factors / psychology, mathematical modelling, physics and biology teaching and software engineering) and his life-long involvement and passion for aviation.

Accident Investigation

Steve investigates major accidents and incidents for airlines and helicopter operators including BA, Thomas Cook Airlines, Bristow Group, Babcock PLC, and others under NDAs. His expert opinion is sought for legal cases (e.g. in defence of The Boeing Aircraft Company in the Spannair 5022 accident, Madrid 2008).

Long Term Scientific Research

Steve has led long-term research for British Airways and Thomson Airways into pilot instrument monitoring (2014 – 2016) and now leads similar work for the global helicopter industry via Helioffshore.

Teaching and Training

Steve runs the Aviation-Psychology component of the D.AvMed course at Kings College, London, and is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield. He has designed and delivered training courses for aviation authorities, airlines and air forces. He has long been an adviser to British Airways' Human Factors Standards Group, and helped produce BA HF and CRM training for pilots.

Steve is a member of UK CAA’s Flight Crew Human Factors Advisory Panel (previously CRM advisory panel), and was selected as editor and principle author of the CAA's "Flight Crew Human Factors Handbook" (new CAP 737) in 2014.

Presenting and Publishing

Steve is an experienced speaker, who regularly delivers keynotes and plenary presentations at international conferences. He has published many scientific articles (in peer review journals) conference papers and book chapters.

Recreational Aviation and Airshow Safety

Steve is an experienced general aviation pilot, glider pilot, instructor and examiner. He previously qualified on the Boeing 737-400 with Air New Zealand, completed a course of jet-upset training at the NASTAR centrifuge simulator facility in Philadelphia, and has received live flying training on military types including the P3 Orion and RAF Tucano.

Steve contributes voluntarily to recreational aviation, with a keen interest in airshow safety. This comes from being a keen pilot for over 30 years, which included aerobatic and display flying (both power and gliding). He was a keen competitor in 'unlimited' class glider aerobatics, was chief instructor of the UK's MDM Fox aerobatic syndicate, as well as a regional examiner for aerobatics.

For many years he directed and supported the research of his masters students towards these areas in order to further knowledge in the field. He continues to speak at, and engage with ICAS (US airshow confederation) and ECAS (European airshow safety). He last spoke at the annual ICAS convention in Las Vegas in December 2016.