Previous research has highlighted Human Factors (HF) issues associated with operating Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). This research has examined the human-machine interface, error types found in UAS mishaps, and examined specific factors such as workload or situation awareness. Fewer studies have examined the HF issues experienced during live military UAS operations in a conflict zone. Accordingly, a HF analysis was undertaken of a UK UAS unit operating in Afghanistan. The analysis was conducted using the Operational Events Analysis (OEA) approach, which is a structured, qualitative method of identifying flight safety HF issues. The OEA included UAS operators and maintenance personnel. HF issues were identified that included the aviation culture, characteristics of the task, fatigue and shift management, and the work environment.
Revell, S. D.,
& Cutler, V. J.
(2015). An Operational Analysis of Human Factors in an Unmanned Air System. 18th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 165-170.