Impact of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Type on Operations Using the Same Control Station: A Natural Experiment
Technical rept. Jun-Jul 2013
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH HUMAN PERFORMANCE WING (711TH) HUMAN EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTORATE
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The study assessed the impact of RPA heterogeneity on the human performance challenges when operating from a common control station CCS. All MQ-1 and MQ-9 RPA mishaps from FY 06-11 with associated Human Factors Analysis and Classification System HFACS codes were entered into a dataset N 88. Logistic regression models were formulated with latent failures as predictors of active failures RPA type was included as an independent predictor variable and a modifier of predictor variables for latent failures. Also, an exploratory factor analysis was accomplished with RPA type included as a distinct variable. Overall, variation in RPA type did not impart differential demands on the pilot using a CCS.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems