Pilot's Associate: Evolution of a Functional Prototype,
WRIGHT LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The Pilots Associate Program has completed its first phase of functional development which included two significant program milestones Demonstration 2 and Demonstration 3. The early successful development of complex, knowledge based, decision aiding systems allowed the program to shift focus to a more near-term, embedded avionics application of the technology. This change in philosophy forced an evolution away from a program designed to explore artificial intelligence without processing bounds, towards a more realistic prototyping of functionality consistent with, and constrained by, the realities of an avionics processing architecture of an actual aircraft. This paper focuses one of the unique developmental approaches, the technical progress made through this phase of the program, and the accomplishments and disappointments with the design approach. Lastly, a brief look into the lessons learned as artificial intelligence technology was applied to a dynamic and complicated domain will be presented.