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Impact of Future Developments in Electronic Technology on Cockpit Engineering,
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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This paper considers the issue of how advances in Electronic Technology are expected to impact cockpit engineering for future airborne weapon systems. It briefly surveys aircrew functions in an effort to isolate peak periods of operator workload, and suggests ways new technology may be applied to yield improved aircrew, and hence system, performance. Accompanying this analysis is the presentation of a procedure that can be used in making decisions about what cockpit functions to automate. The implications of advances in avionics technologies on conceptual design practices regarding the crew station, aircrew training, and the development of new training devices are also reviewed. Finally, current and emerging interface technologies are briefly surveyed. Based on this survey and analysis, some general recommendations are offered.
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