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When I began working at NASA in 1989, my office was temporarily located in the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) office. The ASRS is a safety program that collects aviation incident data in order to identify and correct problems before they manifest in accidents. I worked there for six months before moving onto the main NASA campus at Moffett Field. Although at first I was frustrated to be outside the main NASA campus, my sojourn at the ASRS turned out to be a blessing in disguise. At the ASRS I met many people: pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, and research staff who worked diligently to make the ASRS an effective tool for improving aviation safety. From them I learned how the ASRS works, how to process and use aviation incident data to prevent accidents, and the importance of timely dissemination of critical flight-safety information. The folks at the ASRS share an almost cult-like passion for aviation safety, much of it inspired by the two early ASRS chiefs-Dr. Charles Billings and Bill Reynard. That passion resonated in me for years and had a significant impact on the kind of work I have done since.


Degani, A. (2004). Automation, Protections, and Tribulations. (A book chapter, from Taming HAL, about flight safety and envelope protection systems.)

Degani, A. (2004). The Crash of Korean Air Lines Flight 007. (A book chapter from Taming HAL.)

Degani, A. (1999). Pilot Error in the 90s. Keynote address presented at the opening of the 44th annual meeting of the Flight Safety Foundation/National Business Aviation Association (FSF/NBAA). April 27-29, 1999.

Shamo, M., Dror, R., & Degani, A. (1999). A multi-dimensional evaluation methodology for new cockpit systems. In R. S. Jensen (Ed.), Proceedings of the 10th International Aviation Psychology Symposium. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University.

Shamo, M., Dror, R., & Degani, A. (1998). Evaluation of a new cockpit device: The integrated electronic information system. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Chicago, IL: Human Factors Society.

Degani, A., & Wiener, E. L. (1995). Designing coherent flight-deck procedures for use in advanced technology aircraft. Journal of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), 50(2), 23-25.

Degani, A., Shafto, M., & Kirlik, A. (1995). Mode usage in automated cockpits: Some initial observations. In T. B. Sheridan (Ed.), Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the International Federation of Automatic Control. Boston, MA: International Federation of Automatic Control - Man Machine Systems.

Mosier, K. L., Palmer, E. A., & Degani, A. (1992). Electronic checklists: Implications for decision making. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting (pp. 7-11). Atlanta, GA: Human Factors Society.

Degani, A., Chappell, S. L., & Hayes M. S. (1991). What saved the day: A comparison of traditional and glass cockpits. Proceedings of the Sixth International Aviation Psychology Symposium (pp. 227-234). Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University.

Palmer, E. A., & Degani, A. (1991). Electronic checklist: Evaluation of two levels of automation. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Aviation Psychology (pp. 178-183). Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University.

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