Selected Examples

Enhancing safety in RNP operations

Steve Jarvis worked on the first Air New Zealand Queenstown RNP trials in 2007, and has been involved with the Airline ever since. Most recently Steve helped with the introduction of nighttime RNP operations on the Airbus A320, making multiple contributions including fundamental elements of pilot-training and head-up-display (HUD) usage. The first passenger flights took place in May 2016 and, like the original RNP Boeing 737 operations in 2007, incorporated many direct recommendations from Dr Jarvis.

Stopping Inadvertent Slide Deployments

In 2013 Steve Jarvis designed easyJet's current ISD-prevention procedure; now used over two-million times. The global industry had never been able to reduce inadvertent slide deployments below one in seventy-thousand sectors (Airbus A320). Steve's design includes a precisely placed physical process, worked out from infinite possibilities to accept fatigue, complacency and distraction. Implemented by easyJet in 2013, ISDs stopped with no other changes implemented. The original cost to the airline is about 1% of the direct savings so far (2017).

Preventing Wrong-Deck Landings

The potential hazard of landing on the wrong ship or platform can be high. Recommendations from our live study were well received globally, distributed via HeliOffshore, and are being directly implemented by operators across the world. They include pilot practices before and after platform selection and recommendations around crew decisions relating to automation levels.

Improving Offshore Helicopter Conspicuity

Dr Jarvis researched conspicuity of helicopter paint schemes for Bond in 2013. Recommendations were implemented, including the addition of white upper surface paint to aid visibility.

Understanding Accidents

Our accident investigations (for operators) have been important in understanding actions of pilots in airliners and large helicopters (including serious multiple-fatality accidents) and actions of engineers in aircraft servicing. Our work is regularly used and quoted by the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB).

Writing Industry Guidance

The UK CAA's '
Flight Crew Human Factors Handbook' (CAP 737) was prepared, edited and primarily authored by Dr Jarvis, with chapters by Professor Bagshaw (among others). It is used around the world to help train flight crews in Pilot Human Factors and Crew Resource Management (CRM) as well as being used extensively across other safety critical sectors such as health care. CAP 737 is free for anyone to download from the UK CAA website.