NPA 2019-11

Human factors in rotorcraft design

The objective of this rulemaking task is to reduce the risk of design-related human factors (HFs) errors that may lead or contribute to an accident or incident.  

This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) proposes to introduce specific provisions into the rotorcraft certification specifications (CSs) to ensure that HFs are systematically taken into account during the design and certification processes of rotorcraft cockpits. 

The proposed amendments are expected to moderately increase safety, as compliance with the new CSs is expected to reduce the probability of HFs and pilot workload issues that could lead to an accident or incident.