Areas of Specialization
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Line Operations Safety Audit
  • Threat and Error Management
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Fatigue Risk Management
  • Research Methods
  • Safety Culture/Climate
  • Training
  • Crew Performance
  • Corporate/Business Aviation Operations
  • Part 135 Operations
  • Organizational Leadership and Change Management
Career History
  • Ph.D- Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Dissertation topic: Measuring Safety Climate at an Aircraft Maintenance Facility: Can Training Change Attitudes?)
  • M.S. Degree- Aeronautical Science (Dual specializations in Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems and Human Factors in Aviation Systems). (Graduate Research Project: Drinking and Flying: The Effects of Blood Alcohol Levels on a Pilot's Cognitive and Motor Functioning Skills)
  • B.S. Degree- Professional Aeronautics (Minor in Aviation Safety)

Dr. Baron was an adjunct assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 2009-2012. He taught the Graduate Capstone Project and Research Methods for Aviation/Aerospace courses. He was also a full-time faculty member at Everglades University from 2004-2011, where he taught Safety Management and Human Factors courses at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels.

In addition to teaching, he was also an online course developer, served on thesis committees, and was highly instrumental in the development of EU's Graduate Aviation Degree program in 2004/2005.

Dr. Baron performs extensive work in his core specializations of Human Factors (HF), Safety Management Systems (SMS), Crew Resource Management (CRM), and Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA). He consults with, and provides training to, hundreds of aviation organizations on a worldwide basis. Projects range from short workshops all the way up to, and including, full safety program implementation at some of the largest airlines and aircraft manufacturers in the world. He also works with various civil aviation authorities and accident investigation bureaus to improve safety at the very highest levels of the aviation system.

Project Examples

Dr. Baron worked with a Caribbean airline (400+ employees) as its primary safety instructor and consultant for a continuous four year period. He was responsible for teaching CRM courses to the airline's pilots and flight attendants as well as human factors courses to its maintenance engineers.

Dr. Baron developed and implemented Cessna Aircraft's human factors training program for 2300+ employees. This was a six month project that was conducted on a highly collaborative basis with Cessna safety personnel. The consulting engagement included development of customized training media, train-the-trainer courses, and assessment methods. He received excellent feedback on this major project and Cessna Aircraft has been cited as having a world class human factors training program for its employees (cited in Aviation Maintenance Magazine, January 2009).

Dr. Baron continues to work with various airlines, airports and aircraft maintenance facilities in the implementation of their SMS. These are not "one shot training courses." Rather, these are organizations that are working diligently to implement a functional SMS with the assistance of a properly trained and experienced consultant. Some of these SMS consulting engagements have been ongoing for a few years to ensure that the organizations are successfully implementing their SMS based on the Four Phase approach.

Safety Management Systems (special mention)

Dr. Baron began teaching and consulting in SMS in 2006, long before SMS became a buzzword in the United States. Today, it seems like everybody is (or wants to be) an SMS expert. Sadly, this has led to poor guidance, and ultimately, much frustration for organizations attempting to implement a functional SMS.

SMS is not something that should be attempted by someone without the proper qualifications and experience. An analogy would be: Yes, you could have a nurse remove your gall bladder but you'd probably have much better results if you had a trained surgeon remove it! The same applies to SMS.

Dr. Baron did not jump on the SMS bandwagon; instead, he has developed a foundation of academic and practical experience that has been time tested. He has a Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (the things safety culture and SMS are built on), has conducted dissertation research on safety climate at an aircraft maintenance facility, and works globally (in the trenches) as an aviation safety consultant, implementing SMS and acting as a cultural change agent in some of the most challenging parts of the world.

Dr. Baron is a recognized speaker on aviation safety issues and on a recurring basis he is requested to make aviation safety presentations at various venues worldwide. These venues include safety conferences, symposia, safety events, and much more.

Dr.Bob Baron at NASA's Annual Safety Conference

At NASA's Annual Safety Conference.

 
Dr.Bob Baron at South Carolina Aviation Association Conference

At South Carolina Aviation Association Conference.

 
Dr.Bob Baron at AIB Aviation Safety Conference, Lagos, Nigeria

At AIB Aviation Safety Conference, Lagos, Nigeria.

 
  • Flight Safety Foundation
  • Association for Aviation Psychology
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators
Featured AeroSafety World Articles

By TACG President Dr. Robert Baron

Cockpit Discipline

Cockpit Discipline

The Toxic Captain

The Toxic Captain

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Revisiting Human Factors

Revisiting Human Factors

Flight Path-ogens

Flight Path-ogens

Data Delirium

Data Delirium

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

Speaking Of Errors

Speaking Of Errors

Safety Space

The Safety Space and Practical Drift

Partial List of Dr. Baron's Articles, Papers, and Presentations

A variety of these articles, papers, and presentations can be viewed here

 

  • Managing Aviation Safety in the Growing Caribbean Region. Presented at The 2nd Annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup on June 15, 2017, St. Maarten, Caribbean.
  • Dana Air Crash: Case Study
  • Applying Leadership Models in the Cockpit
  • Failure to Follow Procedures/Procedural Noncompliance
  • Is Your Safety Policy Truthful?
  • Moving LOSA to the Cabin
  • The Safety Space and Practical Drift. Appeared in the May 2016 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • Just Culture and Human Factors in Ground Handling. Presented at The 1st Americas Ground Handling International Conference on September 24, 2015, Miami, FL.
  • Making it a Just Culture. Presented at The 1st Americas Ground Handling International Conference on September 24, 2015, Miami, FL.
  • A Cure for Data Delirium. Appeared in the October 2013 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • Complacency in the Work Environment and How it Affects SMS.
  • Pathogens, Violations, and Unsafe Events. Appeared in the September 2012 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • Perceptions of Safety.
  • Are we Really Preventing the Same Accident From Happening Again? Appeared in the May 2012 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • The Toxic Captain: Remediate or Terminate? Appeared in the March 2012 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • Airplane Crashes and Media Spin: This Just Needs to Stop.
  • Cabin Safety: Is Complacency and Carelessness the new Norm?
  • The End of an Error. Appeared in the November 2011 issue of Flying Magazine.
  • Some Truths About SMS (Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Just the Messenger). Appeared as an exclusive online article (06/13/2011) on Aviation Maintenance Technology's website.
  • Quantifying CRM Behavioral Markers in the Practical Cockpit Environment.
  • To Land or not to Land? A Cognitive Roadmap to Approach and Landing Accidents.
  • Landing in Extreme Weather: When Getting it on the Ground can Prove Fatal.
  • Shaping Professionalism and Integrity in Aircraft Maintenance. Appeared in the February 2011 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • The Human Factors Funnel Model (HFFM): Another Window on Error Causation.
  • Introducing the Human Factors Funnel Model (HFFM). Presented at the FAASTeam Regional Safety Seminar on January 26, 2011, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Contributing Factors in Current-Day Aircraft Accidents and Incidents. Presented at the Nigeria AIB Annual Safety Conference on October 18-20, 2010, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Managing the "Final Four" With Effective Crew Resource Management. Presented at the Nigeria AIB Annual Safety Conference on October 18-20, 2010, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Making Human Factors Training More Than Just Lip Service. Presented at the Nigeria AIB Annual Safety Conference on October 18-20, 2010, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Writing Tips for Theses and Dissertations. Academic distribution.
  • Rethinking Human Error Statistics in Aircraft Accidents. Appeared in the April 2010 issue of Director of Maintenance Magazine.
  • Beyond the Initial Human Factors Course: A Little Science… A Little Anecdote. Appeared in the April 2010 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • Northwest Flight 188: When Pilots Become Passengers.
  • Failure to Follow Procedures: Deviations are a Significant Factor in Maintenance Errors. Appeared in the July/August 2009 issue of Director of Maintenance Magazine.
  • Fatigue Risk Management in Aircraft Maintenance: An Update on a Complex Issue. Appeared in the May 2009 issue of Aviation Maintenance Magazine.
  • An Exploration of Deviations in Aircraft Maintenance Procedures. Appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of the International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies (IJAAS), a publication of the FAA Academy.
  • Development of the Safety Culture Assessment Tool (SCAT).
  • Using an Eight-Factor Model to Measure Error Attitudes at a Regional Airline. Appeared in the October 2009 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • The Human Factors Ladder Still Needs to Extend Higher. Appeared in the March 2009 issue of Aviation Maintenance Magazine.
  • Error Prevention Strategies for the Aircraft Maintenance Technician. Presented at the Minnesota Aviation Maintenance Technician's 40th Annual Conference on March 17, 2009, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Measuring Safety Climate at an Aircraft Maintenance Facility: Can Training Change Attitudes? Doctoral dissertation completed July 2008.
  • Transformational Leadership in Aviation Operations.
  • What the Media Should Know About Aircraft Accidents.
  • SOS for Your SMS: A Brief Look at Airport Safety Management Systems. Presented at the South Carolina Aviation Association's 31st Annual Aviation Conference on February 12, 2009, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • The Challenges of an Error Reporting System. Appeared in the March/April 2008 issue of Aviation Maintenance Technology Magazine.
  • Is the Climate Right for a Major Air Disaster?
  • Understanding Human Factors in High-Risk Industries. Presented at Wood Group Power Operation's Annual Health and Safety Conference on September 26, 2007, Alpharetta, GA.
  • Current Trends in Aviation Human Factors. Presented at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on January 23, 2007, Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
  • Aircraft Accident Investigations: Have we Lost Touch With the Behavioral Approach? Appeared in the April-June 2007 issue of ISASI Forum, the journal of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.
  • What Ever Happened to Cockpit Discipline? A Dissection of Corporate Airlines Flight 5966. Appeared in the December 2007 issue of AeroSafety World, a publication of the Flight Safety Foundation.
  • Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance: A Look at the Fundamental Concepts.
  • Understanding the Role of Safety Culture in the Aviation Environment.
  • Why are Routine Flight Operations Killing Pilots and Their Passengers? Presented at the Human Performance, Situation Awareness, and Automation Conference (HPSAA), March 24, 2004, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Human Performance Limitations in Medicine: A Cognitive Focus.
  • Drinking and Flying: The Effects of Blood Alcohol Levels on a Pilot's Cognitive and Motor Functioning Skills.
  • Pilots and Memory: A Study of a Fallible Human System.
  • Safety Culture and Profit: Aviation's Continuing Organizational Dilemma.
  • Monovision Contact Lens use and the Crash of Delta Airlines Flight 554 at LaGuardia Airport, October 1996.
  • Why On-Demand Jet Charter Needs CRM...Now!
  • Conflict in the Cockpit: Can't we all Just get Along?
  • A Review of the Literature Pertaining to Decision Making in Aviation. Presented at the State Bar of Georgia (Aviation Law Section) Meeting on January 06, 2006, Atlanta, GA.
  • CRM From the Instructor/Facilitator Viewpoint: Observations we can all Learn From.
  • The Cockpit, the Cabin, and Social Psychology.
  • Barriers to Effective Communication: Implications for the Cockpit.
  • Runway Incursions: Where are we?
  • Aviation Training: Methods and Anecdotes to Help Understand how we Learn.
  • Psychology of the Cockpit: The Pros and Cons of the MMPI in Pre-Employment Screening.
Media Interviews and Consultation
  • Mayday! Air Crash Investigations
  • Court TV
  • Fox News
  • Associated Press
  • Business and Commercial Aviation
  • Air Safety Week
  • Baltimore Sun
  • Dallas Morning News
  • Real Simple Magazine
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System
  • AvWeb.com
  • Overhaul and Maintenance Magazine
  • New York Times
  • New York Newsday
  • Bloomberg News
  • Time Magazine
  • South Florida Sun Sentinel
  • Winnipeg Free Press
  • National Post (Canada)
  • Aviation International News
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • AirlineSafety.com
  • WPDE News 15 (ABC)
  • WMBF News 10 (NBC)