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The Work of the Agricultural Pilot from an Ergonomic Perspective

  • Juliana Alves Faria
  • Mauro José Andrade Tereso Tereso
  • Roberto Funes Abrahão
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 825)

Abstract

Brazil has the second largest agricultural aircraft fleet of the world, and more than 70 million hectares are sprayed annually by national agricultural aviation. Previous studies indicate that the work of agricultural pilots involves a series of risks factors and difficulties of physical, cognitive and organizational nature. Although agricultural aviation in Brazil represents only 5% of the national fleet, it accounts for 25% of all air accidents. This study aims to identify the main determinants of agricultural pilot activity, responsible for problems in the field of ergonomics and work safety. The method adopted is based on the application of semi-structured interviews, based on questionnaires, to the main actors involved in the problem: pilots, aircraft designers and air accident investigators. The main results allowed the characterization of the agricultural pilots according to demographic and labor relations criteria. The main ergonomic and occupational safety problems pointed out by the actors refer to aircraft design deficiencies and organizational issues. The conclusion points to the need for adjustments and improvements of several elements of the aircraft cabin, especially the flap lever, seat and joystick. Also, the environmental cabin conditions and organizational issues should also be improved.

Keywords

Agricultural aviation Ergonomics Engineering design 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliana Alves Faria
    • 1
  • Mauro José Andrade Tereso Tereso
    • 1
  • Roberto Funes Abrahão
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Agricultural EngineeringUniversity of CampinasCampinasBrazil

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