Georges Rebender

A Vision of the Future Training: Human Centric Approach – New Cockpit Technologies

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Georges Rebender, Aviation Expert

His aviation career started, when, at the age of 14, he successfully passed a State examination which allowed him to join a State aviation junior program.

He later joined the Paris University, where he graduated in flight dynamics. After having performed his military duties as air traffic control officer, he studied organisations management at Strasbourg University.

Through his career, he took several aviation related management posts both at industry and regulator level.

He first held the post of Certification Manager Flight and Human Factors in a major aircraft manufacturer, where he also developed aviation safety standards by co-chairing with the US the ARAC flight test group and contributed to set up an instructor aviation human factors handbook.

He became later in Holland, the Joint Aviation Authorities Director Air Operations allowing him to further extend his experience in regulatory affairs including drafting on behalf of the EU Commission, the Air Operations essential requirements and creating the Joint Operational Evaluation Board, known now as OSD, and representing European voice at ICAO Ops panel.

He joined EASA in 2007, where he became Head of Department Aircrew and Medical developing amongst others innovative concepts such as EBT/CBT, or new simulation devices ADN.

In his last EASA assignment, he joined the EASA innovation cell developing new approaches for disruptive technologies, in particular in the domain of artificial intelligence. 

All along his career, he has accumulated more than 30 years’ experience as a flight instructor and examiner.


A Vision of Future Training: Human Centric Approach – New Cockpit Technologies

As aerospace technology evolves, the human element is perceived as becoming more and more the centric factor when considering the man-machine interface.

Humans and automated systems have been working together for decades (e.g. yaw damper, automatic flight control systems, TCAS/AFCS automatic anti collision manoeuvre).

However, increasing air traffic volumes, greater focus on competitiveness, more stringent environmental standards, security threats, increased connectivity, have led to growing system complexity.

In this context of growing complexity, the question on how to manage efficiently the collaboration between humans and advanced automation becomes pivotal.

The advent of artificial intelligence, that the author rather prefers to describe as “augmented intelligence” will probably find applications into the cockpit.

The European Union Artificial Intelligence Group (AIHLG), in its report fully recognises the importance of developing a “human centered artificial intelligence”.

The presentation will address some of the new man-AI machine interface challenges, more particularly affecting reasoning, deciding, acting, which may need to be fully accounted in future pilot training programs.