Science on Tap
Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions
Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs. Presenters begin at 6:30 pm with food and drink available beginning at 6:00 pm. A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.
Monday, February 8th 2016 - “The Cognitive Science of Pilot Training” featuring Capt. Kyle Sanders
Synopsis: Every year, 800 million passengers fly commercial in the US. Then in 2011 and 2012, the FAA recorded ZERO deaths for two whole years. This is an astounding accomplishment of human factors engineering and a decades-long effort to mitigate human error. Cognitive biases are quirks of our mental processes which cause mistakes and misunderstandings that can be deadly in the cockpit, such as groupthink, confirmation bias, overconfidence bias, the halo effect, visual and vestibular illusions, pareidolia, tunneled attention, task saturation, and negative transfer. Pilots are trained to use simple checklists and tools which can control these effects, and have led to the safest decade in aviation since the Wright Brothers.
About the speaker: Capt. Kyle Sanders is a volunteer programming coordinator with the Colorado Springs Science Center and host of both Super Science Mashup and Science on Tap event series. He graduated from the Air Force Academy with a degree in Space Systems Engineering, completed Joint Undergraduate Pilot Training, then went on to become an aircraft commander of the C-130 E/H Hercules and return to Colorado Springs as an instructor pilot. He is pursuing a Masters of Education in Science In The Public and continues to advocate for education and critical thinking.
Science on Tap is a free event and reservations are not required; however, you’ll need to pay for any drinks and food. Jack Quinn’s is located downtown at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903.
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