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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) have partnered to deliver a customized Human Factors & Air Traffic Management (ATM) Extension Program addressing some of the educational needs identified for Latin America. The Program has been designed together by both universities – leaders in the aviation and aerospace education sector with over 150 years of combined history and experience.

This is a unique opportunity for working professionals from different areas within aviation companies and organizations to gain knowledge and expertise regarding the latest strategies, processes, tools and analyses which have proven to be vital and relevant for the viability and success of organizations. Below, you will find detailed information about the program structure, delivery methodology, financial investment, and application deadline.


Study of human factors and their relationships with the reliability of complex systems in the areas of aviation, industrial, transportation. General principles of ergonomics and human factors: capacities and limitations of the human being, human-machine interaction, environmental factors, work and organizational design. Human Error Identification, Hierarchical Task Analysis - HTA and SHERPA error prevention method. Naturalistic decision making and local rationality perspective. Resilience Engineering. Human performance variability. FRAM method. Methods of evaluation of mental workload. NASA-TLX and ISA. Methods for assessing situational awareness. Use of physiological sensors to assess mental workload and fatigue. Applications in the aeronautical context, such as analysis of the pilot-cockpit interface, analysis of the flight controller-air traffic system interface, evaluation of the impact of different degrees of aircraft autonomy, among others.
An examination of organizations and sustainable systems as socio-technical systems, including socio-technical approaches to design, implementation, and management is provided. The exploration of the understanding of effective interactions among people who work across organizational, geographical, cultural, technological, and temporal boundaries, to design effective complex socio-technical systems is the focus of the course. Discussions include participative design and decision-making; quality of work life; semi-autonomous work groups; organizational ecology; and collective resource approaches to planning

Introduction to the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. Basic functions. Control structure and airspace organization. Communication, navigation, surveillance, and information systems. Operational procedures. ATM system capacity. Air traffic control. Airspace management. Air traffic flow management. Impacts of weather on operations. Environmental impacts of air traffic and mitigation strategies. Challenges and perspectives for the future of the ATM system. New technologies and operational concepts for advanced ATM.

This course focuses on the major human causative agent in aircraft accidents as they apply to air traffic control and management: the human being. Emphasis is placed on the psychological and physiological factors that enhance the accident probability. Ergonomic capabilities of humans as related to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and its influence in aviation design is also covered. Performance limitations of air traffic controllers are examined to assess how these limitations are impacted by different variables in the ATC environment. This course will also investigate how human factors can result in human error, but at the same time be used to bring about strategies that can enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and safety to mitigate human error in ATC.


Human Factors & Air Traffic Management Preliminary Calendar

Course Title Start Finish

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Human Factors Engineering

CEHA 801




Human Factors in Complex Systems

CEHA 802




Air Traffic Management System

CEHA 803




Human Factors in Air Traffic Management

CEHA 804




The total program workload is 120 contact hours. Each course of the program is comprised of 30 contact hours. The entire program will be delivered online and synchronous through EagleVision Zoom. Each course is 6 weeks long: EagleVision Zoom sessions will be held twice a week with 2.5 hours of duration for each session. Students may be required to complete additional course work other than the mandatory Zoom sessions. Such activities may include individual and/or group assignments, written papers, presentations, etc.

Learn more about Embry-Riddle’s online learning experience.

 Apply to the Human Factors & Air Traffic Management (ATM) Extension Program.

Once you complete the application form, you will receive confirmation through email within 72 hours and instructions for the next steps. The final deadline for initial application is February 26, 2023.

Aviation professionals from the Safety and Human Factors areas; Air Traffic Controllers; Professional Aviators; Business managers seeking a more in-depth understanding of Human Factors & ATM; Anyone interested in Human Factors & ATM.

Professional background in aviation and/or Human Factors and/or Air Traffic Management; Intermediate English communication skills.

Each applicant will go through a 15-minute interview process prior to being admitted to the Extension Program. Interviews will be scheduled once application is completed. The interview will assess the applicant’s overall English verbal communication skills and set up the expectations regarding participation in the Extension Program. The last day to schedule an interview is February 27, 2022.

  • Early bird application (apply by January 15, 2023) – 9 equal-price installments of R$ 1,511.11* (Total price R$ 13,600.00).
  •  Regular application – 8 equal-price installments of R$ 1,937.50* (Total price R$ 15,500.00).
*Installments will be charged on a monthly basis/No additional international transaction fees are applicable for Brazilian credit cards.