Alia Twal, the governor of the Arabian chapter of the Ninety-nines, the women pilot association, has been made a 'Liveryman' in the Honourable Air Pilot Company.
Twal, whose full-time job is as a pilot with Royal Jordanian, is only the fourth Jordanian in history to have achieved this position, the others being the late King Hussein; HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein, and HRH Prince Hamza Al Hussein.
The Company was established as a Guild in 1929 in order to ensure that pilots and navigators of the then fledgling aviation industry were accepted and regarded as professionals. It was modelled on the lines of the Livery Companies of the City of London and in 1956, the Guild was formally recognised as a Livery Company. In 2014, it was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth II.
The Company focuses on sponsoring and encouraging action and activities designed to ensure that aircraft are piloted and navigated safely by individuals who are highly competent, self-reliant, dependable and respected. It fosters the sound education and training of air pilots from the initial training of the young pilot to the specialist training of the more mature. Through charitable activities, education and training, technical committee work, aircrew aptitude testing, scholarships and sponsorship, advice and recognition of the achievements of fellow aviators worldwide.
Houda Kerkoub, Heather Johnson, Shaida Latifi, By Mumtahina Mahmud, and Alexis Nittoli
Design of a Procedure Analysis Tool (PAT) for Affordable Aviation Device Human Factors Certification
The Arabian section of the Ninety-Nines is proud to share the success of the project led by our talented member Houda Kerkoub.
The project got the award of the best presentation with a mention of "project with the greatest potential for social impact" at an engineering competition at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
It was also published on the IEEE library which is a high standard/competitive engineering library.
The tool built in this project has a goal of making the devices in the cockpit more user friendly and safer for the pilots.
Abstract - Equipment on airliners must be certified by the FAA to ensure compliance with safety standards that are designed to minimize design-related flight crew errors. This process is currently accomplished by both Inspection and Human-In-The-Loop (HitL) testing – a time-consuming and costly process. A recent Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 25.1302 newly requires the analysis of all tasks increasing certification costs beyond current staffing, budget and timelines. The Procedure Analysis Tool (PAT) described in this paper is a decision support tool designed for use by inspectors performing the certification test to meet the FAR25.1302 requirements. The PAT simulates the performance of human operators performing a task on the device under evaluation and may be used as a screening tool to identify tasks that warrant HitL testing, allowing for evaluation within reasonable time and budget.
The PAT calculates the percentage of pilots that perform the procedure in excess of an allowed threshold representing the Probability of Failure to Complete PFtoC the procedure. Procedures with long right tails are flagged for full HitL testing. PAT was demonstrated on 15 Swiss European airlines Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to evaluate the Multifunction Control Display Unit (MCDU). Three procedures resulted in a PFtoC above the threshold, and were therefore flagged for HitL testing. This preliminary analysis highlights the importance of semantic cues when recognizing the emerging mission situations which has the greatest effect on the final time distribution. Entering the 15 procedures into the tool took 5.1 hours and 11.56 seconds average runtime. Analysis of the human factors certification process shows that the PAT reduces the evaluation time by 70% per function.