KC-48A Tanker HSI Certification

The KC-46A is a Military Commercial Derivative Aircraft whose military unique operation provides: inflight air refueling, airlift, communications gateway, aeromedical evacuation, forward area refueling point, combat search and rescue support, and treaty compliance surveillance support.

Human Systems Integration (HSI) is a comprehensive Systems Engineering process involving nine domains: manpower, personnel, training, human factors, habitability, personnel survivability, environment, safety, and occupational health. It was used early in the acquisition process to optimize total system performance, minimize total ownership costs, and ensure that KC-46 systems are built to accommodate the characteristics of the user population who operate, maintain, and support the aircraft.

I authored and contributed to multiple documents on different topics within the human engineering process for the KC-46A program, verifying HSI requirements for both Military and FAA Type Certification.

The following is a summary of the documents I authored, or contributed to. Full details of content are unavailable pursuant to Department of Defense distribution restrictions.

Human System Integration Program Plan (HSIPP)

I was the primary author of this document, working with multiple HSI disciplines across the program to gather all required information.

The HSIPP provides program management the information required to ensure all aspects of the HSI domains are executed per contract language. The objective is to apply a human centered design approach as a part of the existing systems engineering process to ensure each of the HSI domains are appropriately accounted for in an integrated manner in the final design and the human is considered as a key component of system performance. The HSIPP describes a process by which expected Operator and Maintainer performance is accounted for across the HSI domains to ensure that the system is built to accommodate the characteristics of the user population that will operate, maintain, and support the system.

Primary Flight Reference Endorsement Package

I was the primary author of this document, working with multiple HSI disciplines across the program to gather all required information.

This document contains a detailed overview of the KC-46A Primary Flight Reference displays in an effort to provide an adequate level of understanding regarding the design philosophy and behavior of flight deck displays used to maintain attitude, altitude and airspeed awareness and accomplish instrument flight maneuvers while maintaining the ability to recognize and recover from unusual attitudes.

Human Engineering Design Approach Document - Maintainer

I contributed multiple sections to this document.

The purpose of the HEDAD-M is to describe the characteristics, layout, and installation of equipment having a maintainer interface (excluding depot level maintenance actions). In addition, the document provides equipment design and installation rationale with respect to the extent to which human engineering design criteria and findings from maintainer task analyses have been incorporated.

Human Engineering Design Approach Document - Operator

I contributed multiple sections to this document.

The purpose of the HEDAD-O is to describe the layout, detailed design, and arrangement of crew station equipment having an operator interface. In addition, the document provides crew station equipment design rationale with respect to the extent to which human engineering design criteria and findings from operator task analyses have been incorporated.

Verification and Validation

I was the primary author of for multiple verification test planning documents. I worked with multiple HSI disciplines and lab engineers to organize, plan, and execute the validation of human engineering requirements. These test plans described the need and justification for performing test cases, as well as associated test procedures describing the process to which HSI carried out the tests.