Accession Number:

ADA346043

Title:

GPS Design Considerations: Displaying Nearest Airport Information

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OKLAHOMA CITY OK CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

Thirty-six participants were tested in a flight simulator on their ability to orient toward the nearest airport, based on the manner in which information was presented on a global positioning system GPS display. Results indicated that use of the tabular, text-only format normally found on such displays was significantly slower and less accurate than either a map display of nearest airport information or a text display that included an orientation symbol. In addition, it was found that pilots tended to ignore information available from the heading indicator, and instead, focused solely on the GPS display to perform the task. Discussion of the results includes the need to support pilot decision-making through interface design and the development of design guidelines for GPS displays.

Subject Categories:

  • Commercial and General Aviation
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE