Behavioral Science

Little Changes Add Up in Aviation Roundtable Discussion on Nov. 19th, 2020

Vanessa Munteanu
November 6, 2020

Where do behavioral economics and modern aviation align?

Following the launch of our latest white paper: ‘How Behavioral Nudges Saved Virgin Atlantic $6.1m in 8 Months’, we’re excited to get together operational efficiency driven peers in the aviation industry over our virtual roundtable ‘Little Changes Add Up in Aviation’. 

               Thursday, 19th of November, 2020 at 5pm GMT/12 pm Eastern Time.

Rob Metcalfe Co-Founder of Signol, Associate Professor at University of Southern California
Captain Andy Greig Training Captain at Jet2
Jamie Ainsworth Head of Safety at Virgin Atlantic
Niklas Ahrens Senior First Officer at Lufthansa and Cyber Security expert

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We recognize that implementing methods driving little but incremental changes is pivotal for an organization and even more urgent under the turbulent circumstances. But how can this be prioritized when airlines need to keep the safety of crew and passengers first and changes must go through dense regulations and complement a variety of technology systems and circumstances?

The round table discussion will center on the practical issues and applicable solutions for encouraging sustainable and pilot driven procedures including:

  • Nudge theory in aviation;
  • Small changes versus new technology;
  • Privacy and data;
  • Anticipated changes due to the current market and Covid-19.

The session will be moderated by Natalie LeRoy, Product Manager at Signol.

Join us for a roundtable discussion and Q&A session where the audience can get their on-topic questions answered live. We’re inviting you to send your questions ahead of the live session to 

The roundtable discussion will be a live streamed session over Zoom. Make sure you RSVP for free over Eventbrite in order to receive access to the session on the day. 

About the Speakers

Captain Andy Greig MRAeS is an experienced airline training captain at Jet2, with a flying career spanning over three decades of military and worldwide commercial operations. With an MSc in Air Safety Management, he specializes in the risks associated with human decision-making in safety critical systems, with a particular interest in mitigating the adverse effects of fatigue. He is a trained accident investigator, and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Jamie Ainsworth has worked within commercial Aviation for the last twenty years. Jamie has a long history working in a variety of roles from: Cabin Crew, Flight Operations, Operations Duty Manager and managing a startup and launch of eighty network destinations from Dubai. Over the last six years in Virgin Atlantic, Jamie has lead multiple teams, including Flight Planning, Navigation Services, Flight Operations Engineering, Fuel Efficiency, EFB and Flight Operations Technical Authoring. His current role is that of Head of Safety (Nominated Person – Safety Manager) which he has held since September 2018. Jamie also holds a Private Pilots License.

Rob Metcalfe is a co-founder of Signol and a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, previously an Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University. His research tests economic theory using field experiments and identifies practical solutions to business and government challenges. He was a collaborator on MINDSPACE, the first influential report about the applications of behavioral economics. Rob’s recent researches has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times, and was cited in the award of the Nobel Prize in Economics to Richard Thaler.

Niklas Ahrens is a Senior First Officer on A330/340 in Germany, Cybersecurity Expert and involved with several aviation unions including Vereinigung Cockpit, a German union, on their IT Security Committee as well as the Aircraft Design and Operations Committee. Niklas is also Member of the Aircraft Design and Operations Ctte at IFALPA and Training Lisensing and Operations at the European Cockpit Association.

About Signol

Signol is a software platform that draws on insights from behavioral economics to encourage employees to make more efficient decisions. Signol provides personalized feedback through multiple communication channels, as well as data analysis for managers. In aviation, Signol aims to use behavioral "nudges" and incentives to reduce pollution and fuel waste and cut operating costs.

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