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Analysis of Eye-Tracking Data with Regards to the Complexity of Flight Deck Information Automation and Management - Inattentional Blindness, System State Awareness, and EFB UsageIn the constant drive to further the safety and efficiency of air travel, the complexity of avionics-related systems, and the procedures for interacting with these systems, appear to be on an ever-increasing trend. While this growing complexity often yields productive results with respect to system capabilities and flight efficiency, it can place a larger burden on pilots to manage increasing amounts of information and to understand intricate system designs. Evidence supporting this observation is becoming widespread, yet has been largely anecdotal or the result of subjective analysis. One way to gain more insight into this issue is through experimentation using more objective measures or indicators. This study utilizes and analyzes eye-tracking data obtained during a high-fidelity flight simulation study wherein many of the complexities of current flight decks, as well as those planned for the next generation air transportation system (NextGen), were emulated. The following paper presents the findings of this study with a focus on electronic flight bag (EFB) usage, system state awareness (SSA) and events involving suspected inattentional blindness (IB).
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Dill, Evan T. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Young, Steven D. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 12, 2016
Publication Date
June 22, 2015
Subject Category
Air Transportation and Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
AIAA Aviation 2015(Dallas, TX)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 284848.02.50.07
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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