Accession Number : ADA566814
Title : An Investigation of Sensory Information, Levels of Automation, and Piloting Experience on Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Performance
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OKLAHOMA CITY OK CIVIL AEROSPACE MEDICAL INST
Personal Author(s) : Williams, Kevin W
Report Date : Mar 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 24
Abstract : The current experiment was intended to examine the effect of sensory information on pilot reactions to system failures within a UAS control station simulation. This research also investigated the level of automation used in controlling the aircraft and the level of manned flight experience of the participants, since these also have been shown to influence pilot effectiveness. While the presence of sound did improve responses to engine failures, it did not improve responses to failures in heading control. The prediction that higher levels of automation would lead to complacency or vigilance decrements was not supported. The finding that pilots, in the manual conditions, flew significantly closer to the flight path than non-pilots was unexpected. The results suggest differences between those with manned aircraft experience and those without, but it is unclear whether these differences are due to manned aircraft training and flight experience or whether other factors, such as personality, may be evident.
Descriptors : *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES , FLIGHT PATHS , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , PILOTS , PREDICTIONS , RESPONSE , SENSES(PHYSIOLOGY) , SOUND
Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE