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Human factors in cockpit automation: A field study of flight crew transitionThe factors which affected two groups of airline pilots in the transition from traditional airline cockpits to a highly automated version were studied. All pilots were highly experienced in traditional models of the McDonnell-Douglas DC-9 prior to their transition to the more automated DC-9-80. Specific features of the new aircraft, particularly the digital flight guidance system (DFGS) and other automatic features such as the autothrottle system (ATS), autobrake, and digital display were studied. Particular attention was paid to the first 200 hours of line flying experience in the new aircraft, and the difficulties that some pilots found in adapting to the new systems during this initial operating period. Efforts to prevent skill loss from automation, training methods, traditional human factors issues, and general views of the pilots toward cockpit automation are discussed.
Document ID
19850021625
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Wiener, E. L. (Miami Univ. Coral Gables, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1985
Subject Category
AIR TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:177333
NASA-CR-177333
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NCC2-152
PROJECT: RTOP 505-35-11
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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