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A simulator study of the interaction of pilot workload with errors, vigilance, and decisionsA full mission simulation of a civil air transport scenario that had two levels of workload was used to observe the actions of the crews and the basic aircraft parameters and to record heart rates. The results showed that the number of errors was very variable among crews but the mean increased in the higher workload case. The increase in errors was not related to rise in heart rate but was associated with vigilance times as well as the days since the last flight. The recorded data also made it possible to investigate decision time and decision order. These also varied among crews and seemed related to the ability of captains to manage the resources available to them on the flight deck.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Smith, H. P. R.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Subject Category
Behavioral Sciences
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Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 515-51-11-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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