Miami Beach, Florida — Flight Safety Foundation announced today that the FSF–Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award was presented to Tony Kern, CEO of Convergent Performance, for his work on, and dedication to, minimizing human error in the cockpit, his numerous books on pilot performance, and his guide to professionalism for individuals and corporations. The award was presented during the Foundation’s 68th annual International Air Safety Summit.
Kern is an award-winning author, lecturer and consultant, and is a leading authority on human performance in time-constrained, error-intolerant environments.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a command pilot and flight examiner in the B-1B bomber, in a variety of senior staff and leadership roles, and as chairman of the U.S. Air Force Human Factors Steering Group.
“Dr. Kern defined what it takes to be a professional airman and provided a detailed analysis of the critical safety role played by always following rules and procedures,” stated Craig Hoskins, Vice President, Safety, Security and Technical Affairs Airbus Americas, Inc. “His understanding and ability to develop procedures to minimize human error in aviation has made aviation that much safer for all of us.”
The Flight Safety Foundation–Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award was established in 1999 to recognize “outstanding achievement in human factors contributions to aviation safety.” The award was instituted to encourage human factors research that would help reduce human error — one of the most common elements in aviation accidents.
“Someone whose life’s work has been and continues to be dedicated to addressing human factors in aviation should be recognized for that dedication, and Tony Kern is well-deserving of this award,” stated Jon Beatty, FSF president and CEO.
Flight Safety Foundation <www.flightsafety.org> is an independent, non-profit, international organization engaged in research, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading voice of safety for the global aerospace community.
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