Operational Safety and Human Factors

Steve Jarvis was a Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University, engaged in industry-based projects as well as scientific research. He directed and delivered the masters degree in aviation human factors and safety assessment for nearly a decade. He left in 2012 to meet the increasing industry demand for his services. Steve has acted in an advisory capacity to airlines, large helicopter operators and aviation authorities. He produced the UK CAA's Flight Crew Human Factors Handbook (CAP 737). He currently runs the aviation psychology component of the prestigious D.Av.Med course at Kings College London.

Steve holds PhD and MSc degrees in aviation human factors / safety, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and is a Chartered Member of CIEHF.

Practical Work

Steve resolves aviation safety and human factors issues supportably, quickly, and with evidence-based scientific rigour. His success is shown by repeated demand from world leading aviation organisations, and by the impact of his work internationally (see 'impact' page for examples).

Direct application of his work 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.

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). He has assisted the UK AAIB directly as well as indirectly through investigation reports for operators.

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. For ten years he has specialised in areas such as automation effects on pilots, and instrument monitoring. He has published much scientific research, but the majority is unpublished client-funded research.

Teaching and Training

Steve 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. Being engaged in practical cutting-edge research, Steve is able to bring the very latest findings into training.

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 , RAF Shorts Tucano and RNZAF T6-C Texan II.

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.