Preliminary Evaluation of User Terminals for an Automated Pilot Briefing System
Final rept. Aug-Dec 1975
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGE MA
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This report describes a preliminary evaluation of various user terminal concepts for an automated aviation pilot weather briefing and flight plan filing system. Terminals embodying differing operational concepts were used by volunteer general aviation pilots in a structured experiment consisting of a series of simulated pre-flight briefings. Four candidate terminals were intended for application as fixed, self-service stations at strategic geographic locations. Four other terminals were provided for personal use from home or office via telephone link. Each pilot experienced extensive use of one of each class of terminal in separate two-hour test sessions and manipulated or observed the operational characteristics of the other terminals for comparison purposes. The remote terminal concept for flight briefing by telephone was found to be a viable, acceptable means for obtaining preliminary flight weather information and filing a flight plan. Comparative performance and pilot preference scores for the candidate terminal hardware concepts were obtained.
- Terminal Flight Facilities
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems