Evaluation of an Interactive Electronic NATOPS (IE-NATOPS) and Associated Graphic Interaction Concepts
Final rept. 14 Jul 1998-31 Dec 2001
CHI SYSTEMS INC LOWER GWYNEDD PA
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This report presents the results of a benchmark evaluation of a prototype design for an Interactive Electronic NATOPS IE-NATOPS to support Navy aircrews. An investigation was conducted to identify aircrew information requirements for decision making associated with monitoring of aircraft system health and management of in-flight mechanical malfunctions. It was determined in two simulator-based studies with H-46 aircrews that various types of aiding in support of mechanical and other subsystem health monitoring and problem diagnosis are desirable and feasible, but such information must be fully integrated into the Navy helicopter NATOPS flight manual and checklists that represent training doctrine for aircraft operations. The IE-NATOPS concept is to provide the pilot in the cockpit with a computer-based presentation of the information in hard-copy manuals, providing operating information and aircraft-specific procedures. For military and commercial aviation applications, the benefits are compelling - context sensitivity. fast and cheap updatability, and the capacity for embedded intelligence and embedded intelligent training. A prototype IE-NATOPS was developed for the SH-60F helicopter. Multiple options are under consideration for implementation of IE-NATOPS in the cockpit, including via an electronic kneeboard system that would interface with other aircraft information and alerting systems.
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