The Assessment of Workloads in Helicopters
CRANFIELD INST OF TECH (UNITED KINGDOM)
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The value of inflight assessment of pilot workload has been recognised by aviation researchers and designers for over a decade 1 2. Initially the subjective reporting of workload by experienced test pilots was based upon an application of the Handling Qualities Rating Scale of Cooper and Harper. This subjective reporting led to the development of rating scales for the assessment of workload 4. These subjective techniques were later augmented by the recording of physiological variables which could be interpreted as indices of workload. In the last decade, rather than restrict the assessment of workload in aviation to data obtained from test pilots, studies have been reported in which small samples of professional pilots have been used. A more recent development has been the employment of workload measures for exploring differences between pilots and to look for correlations between these measures and performance, and success in training. Workload estimation has additionally been used to assist in the ergonomic design systems including crew station geometry, and control and display location.
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