Simulator Evaluation of Pilot Assurance Derived from an Airborne Traffic Situation Display.
Final rept. 1 Jul 71-28 Feb 72 on Phase I,
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An extensive series of tests were run on a transport cockpit simulation facility to evaluate the pilot assurance value of airborne displays used as traffic situation monitors in high-density terminal airspace. The twenty professional pilots employed as subjects were exposed to a set of typical normal and abnormal terminal approach situations. Their level of assurance was determined from their detailed knowledge of each situation, measured by stop-action quizzes, and the ability to detect conflicts. Workload or the degree of difficulty the pilots experienced in acquiring relevant information about the situation was also regarded as a component of assurance. Specific problem areas emphasized in the test scenarios were simultaneous approaches to closely-spaced parallel runways, blunder detection and resolution, and providing a picture for the pilot when discrete address data links replace current ATC party-line communications. Author
- Terminal Flight Facilities