STAMP may have a mark on Aviation safety

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Engineering a Safer WorldARTICLE: Engineering a Safer World

Nancy Leveson, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, has created a new approach for assessing the complex interactions of systems (defined broadly to include technology, human, social, economic and governmental factors) on safety. The professor has dubbed this promising analytical tool System-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes (STAMP). She contrasts her model with historic tests in that STAMP takes a holistic, integrated approach as opposed to prior methods which would assess risks on a individual part by part protocol.

The system is described in Professor Levenson’s book, Engineering a Safer World, and holds tremendous promise in preventative analysis of aircraft systems. The attached review also summarizes some of the applications of STAMP in the context of helicopter operations, trains and missile defense systems.

With the introduction of new technology through NextGen and further automation of aircraft systems in the cockpit, STAMP would appear to be a very powerful tool.

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