Selected Examples

Enhancing safety in RNP operations

Steve Jarvis worked on the first Air New Zealand Queenstown Boeing 737 RNP trials in 2007, and has been involved with the Airline continually ever since. Recently Steve helped with the highly successful introduction of nighttime RNP operations into Queenstown (Airbus A320) with contributions to pilot-training and use of the head-up-display (HUD). The first passenger flights took place in May 2016 using direct recommendations from Dr Jarvis. The airline's senior manager for training and standards described Dr Jarvis's input as a "
game changer" for the project.

Stopping Inadvertent Slide Deployments

Steve Jarvis designed easyJet's current ISD-prevention procedure. In line with the rest of industry, easyJet was unable to reduce inadvertent slide deployments below 1 in 70,000 sectors (Airbus A320). Implemented by 2013, ISDs all but stopped (now less than 1 in a million sectors) with no other changes implemented. The direct financial savings to the airline run to millions.

Preventing Wrong-Deck Landings

The potential hazard of helicopters 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 colour schemes for Bond in 2013. Recommendations were implemented, including the addition of white upper surfaces 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 reports are regularly used, quoted and para-phrased 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 popular around the world to help train flight crews in Pilot Human Factors as well as being used extensively across other safety critical sectors such as health care. CAP 737 is a free resource to download from the UK CAA website.