The group was formed as the aviation industry CRM Working Group in 1990 to provide a multi-disciplinary focus for research, discussion and understanding of current and future Crew Resource Management (CRM) and broader Human Factors issues.

It was conceived as a non-commercial body representing all aviation industry sectors involved in human factors training, including:

    • flight crew
    • operational and training management
    • cabin staff, ATC, dispatch, maintenance and ground operations staff
    • regulators
    • researchers
    • governmental and inter-governmental agencies
    •  training suppliers and consultants

In order to better address the growing range of Human Factors issues in aviation, the CRM Group in 1994 became the Human Factors Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the learned body for aviation in the United Kingdom. As such it has no agenda other than the academic pursuit of flight safety as part of the Society as a whole.