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Measuring Pilot Workload in a Moving-base Simulator. Part 2: Building Levels of WorkloadPilot behavior in flight simulators often use a secondary task as an index of workload. His routine to regard flying as the primary task and some less complex task as the secondary task. While this assumption is quite reasonable for most secondary tasks used to study mental workload in aircraft, the treatment of flying a simulator through some carefully crafted flight scenario as a unitary task is less justified. The present research acknowledges that total mental workload depends upon the specific nature of the sub-tasks that a pilot must complete as a first approximation, flight tasks were divided into three levels of complexity. The simplest level (called the Base Level) requires elementary maneuvers that do not utilize all the degrees of freedom of which an aircraft, or a moving-base simulator; is capable. The second level (called the Paired Level) requires the pilot to simultaneously execute two Base Level tasks. The third level (called the Complex Level) imposes three simultaneous constraints upon the pilot.
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Conference Paper
Kantowitz, B. H.
(BITS, Inc., West Lafayette Ind., United States)
Hart, S. G.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Bortolussi, M. R.
(BITS, Inc., West Lafayette Ind., United States)
Shively, R. J.
(Purdue Univ. West Lafayette, Inc., United States)
Kantowitz, S. C.
(BITS, Inc., West Lafayette Ind., United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: 20th Ann. Conf. on Manual Control, Vol. 2
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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