Christian Popp

Chris Popp Ph.D, Chief Customer Officer, Mint Software Systems US Inc.

Dr. Christian Popp has 25+ years of aviation experience in various departments, disciplines, and roles. In 1996 he began his airline pilot career and since has held multiple positions in Pilot Training, Flight Operation, and Process Improvements. In addition to his current role as Chief Customer Officer of MINT Software Systems (USA), Popp consults on operational effectiveness and human factors in flight operations and training. He has extensive work experience in competency-based training and has given lecture on AQP/ATQP and flight safety in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2015, he co-developed with Captain Christof Kemény the “OneTeam Cockpit” concept as a Human Factor centric method to interpersonal communication and workload balancing in the cockpit. Dr. Christian Popp is also a scientific cooperation partner at the Institute of Human Factors ( and founding partner of oneTeam-Consulting, LLC.

Turning Experience into Expertise: Finding the Evidence of Professional Competencies Factors

While the overall rate of Air Travel accidents is steadily declining (Salas, Maurino & Curtis, 2010), rapidly changing operating environments and numerous unforeseen human factors are still the main reason for accidents. Researchers and accident investigators agree, aviation safety depends on the expertise of the cockpit crew (Shappell, Detwiler, Holcomb, Hackworth, Boquet & Wiegmann, 2017). To develop such expertise represents a unique challenge to aviation training organizations. In recent years various regulators and training professionals developed human factor centric training methodologies such as AQP, ATQP, EBT, and CBTA. All of these methods seek to deliver a superb learning experience to develop critical competencies and cockpit crew expertise. Without prejudice for any of the methods mentioned above, the presentation focuses on the underlying foundations to turn training experiences and collect validity reliability data for practical short-term and long-term training analysis.

– Salas, E., Maurino, D., & Curtis, M. (2010). Human factors in aviation: an overview. In Human Factors in aviation (pp. 3-19). Academic Press.
– Shappell, S., Detwiler, C., Holcomb, K., Hackworth, C., Boquet, A., & Wiegmann, D.A. (2017). Human error and commercial aviation accidents: an analysis using the human factors analysis and classification system. In Human Error in Aviation (pp. 73-88). Routledge.