Accession Number:

ADP005587

Title:

A Study of Pilot Flight Information Crossmonitoring Performance,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

An experiment is reported which investigated the ability of the pilot to crossmonitor between Head Up display and Head Down Instruments. In a situation with high error rates, no subsidiary tasks and with explicit exclusion of troubleshooting i.e. a best case, results show a low error detection rate overall 85.8, long detection times mean error detection time 37.47 seconds and significant flying performance decrements while crossmonitoring. Error detection performance is correlated not with the amount of time spent crossmomitoring, but with the frequency at which the pilot chooses to crossmonitor. Extrapolation from the results suggests that, at least for the conditions of this experiment, crossmonitoring should occur ever 22-23 seconds to ensure acceptable error detection. The evidence points clearly to the need to remove the crossmonitoring task from the pilot and make it an automated function for future aircraft. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
  • Flight Control and Instrumentation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE