Keynote: Key Dismukes
“Prospective Memory and Some Musings on The State of Aviation Psychology as a Discipline”

Key Dismukes





The 2011 Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Award

Nadine Bienefeld
(co-author Gudela Grote)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
"Emergency at 35'000 FT: How Cockpit and Cabin Crews Lead Each Other to Safety”


First Runner-Up:  
Joost Ellerbroek
(co-authors M.M. van Paassen and Max Mulder)
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
"Evaluation of a Separation Assistance Display in a Multi-Actor Environment"  

Second Runner-Up:
Kathleen Van Benthem
(co-authors Chris M. Herdman, Matthew Brown, and Anne Barr)
Carleton University, Canada
"The Relationship of Age, Experience and Cognitive Health to Private Pilot Situation Awareness Performance"

Twenty-one papers were evaluated. All papers were scored for both written and oral presentations. Although there were many good papers, three papers stood out due to the quality of writing and presentation and due to the theoretical and practical significance of the work. It was difficult to pick one best from among these three excellent papers. It is unfortunate that we could not give more than one award. However, all three winners will be offered free registration at the next ISAP meeting in 2013.

Congratulations to the top three students for their excellent work!





The International Symposium on Aviation Psychology was first convened by Dr. Richard Jensen at the Ohio State University Aviation Psychology Laboratory in 1981. This symposium series is offered for the purposes of :

  • presenting the latest research on human performance problems and opportunities within aviation systems;
  • envisioning design solutions that best utilize human capabilities for creating safe and efficient aviation systems;
  • and bringing together scientists, research sponsors, and operators in an effort to bridge the gap between research and application.
Although the symposium is aerospace oriented, we welcome anyone with basic or applied interests in any domain to the extent that generalizations from or to the aviation domain are relevant.


Remembering Dr. Charles Billings

Dr. Charles Billings

LOOKING BACK: 1911 in Aviation History


Less than a decade after the first flight by the Wright brothers, tremendous progress already had been made and 1911 was a year of many notable accomplishments. For example, the global spread of aviation was evidenced by the first airplane flights occurring in New Zealand, by Vivian Walsh, and in Japan, by Captain Tokugawa. As an illustration of the fast development of flying technology, Edouard Nieuport set an aircraft speed record of 74 mph, and then later raised the record to 87 mph. The first charter flight was flown by Tom Sopwith to deliver spectacles to a wealthy passenger on the ocean liner Olympic, which was several miles at sea when Sopwith dropped a carefully wrapped package onto her deck. The first official airmail flight was flown at the United Provinces Exhibition in Allhabad, India. Cal Rodgers flew the first coast-to-coast airplane trip in the United States by leaving Sheepshead Bay, NY, in the Wright EX aircraft that was named the “Vin Fiz” to promote a new soft drink and landed in Long Beach, CA over a month later. He delivered the first US transcontinental air mail pouch.

On the military side of aviation, Myron Crissy and Philip Parmelee became the first crew to drop live bombs from an aircraft in US Army tests at San Francisco. Carlo Piazza of the Guilio Gavotti of the Italian Air Flotilla dropped grenades on Turkish forces, the first use of bombing in a real war. Foreshadowing the future of Naval Aviation, Eugene Ely executed the first successful landing of an aircraft on a ship when he landed his Curtiss biplane on a platform constructed on the stern of the USS Pennsylvania.

Crissy and Parmelee preparing for bombing run
Crissy and Parmelee preparing for first test drop of a live bomb from an aircraft in 1911 (Photo from Wright State Wright Brothers Special Collection).


What of the Wright brothers? Strangely enough, Orville Wright returned to Kitty Hawk in 1911 to try his hand at more glider flights. In October, he broke all gliding records by staying aloft for 9 minutes and 45 seconds, a record that stood for a decade.

1911 Orville Wright flying glider in Kitty Hawk
Orville Wright’s 1911 return to Kitty Hawk, at the control’s of the record setting glider (Photo from the Wright State Wright Brothers Special Collection).


Undoubtedly, 1911 was an exciting time in aviation! Happily, Tom Sopwith lived to be more than 100 years old and helped to produce vital fighter aircraft for the Royal Air Force in both World Wars. Sadly, Edouard Nieuport, Cal Rodgers, and Eugene Ely all died in aviation accidents before the end of 1911.

As we meet again this year at the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, it is fitting that we remember the sacrifice and dedication of these early pioneers while dedicating ourselves to enhancing safety and effectiveness for future aviation innovators.

Organizing Committee


Amy Alexander, Aptima, Inc.
Richard Arnold, Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory
Jeff Doyal, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp
Patricia Fitzgerald, Air Force Research Laboratory
John Flach, Wright State University
Jennie Gallimore, Wright State University
Scott Galster, Air Force Research Laboratory
Eric Geiselman, Air Force Research Laboratory
John Reising, Wright State University
Lloyd Tripp, Air Force Research Laboratory
Pamela Tsang, Wright State University
Michael Vidulich, Air Force Research Laboratory