Assessing Workload for Minimum Crew Certification. Part 1. Static Workload Analysis and Performance Analysis. Part 2. Dynamic Methods,
AIRBUS INDUSTRIE BLAGNAC (FRANCE) FLIGHT DIV
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The verification of both functional effectiveness and human welfare evidently always been a major objective in flight test but a formal and rigorous investigation of the man-machine interface itself was gradually prompted by the crew complement question. In 1979, AIRBUS INDUSTRIE launched a preliminary version of the Forward Facing Crew Cockpit for installation on the A300 FF. This version incorporated all the new technology for the A310 cockpit except the Cathode Ray Tubes for flight data and system monitoring. In view of the two-man crew certification of this version we launched a major workload research programme in order to develop refined, rational and scientific methodologies for workload determination in flight test. This human factors activity was however not just started for certification purposes but also because crew workload is a fundamental design parameter influencing the cockpit design itself and the operating procedures. In this sense our work started a process which potentially could become iterative in the future so that the man-machine interface would eventually be designed, investigated and improved well before an aircrafts first flight. Also classical topics in flight test are the determination of static and dynamic stability, the former indicating the tendency of an aircraft to return to its equilibrium position, the latter indicating the way an aircraft returns to its equilibrium position.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems