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Human factor implications of the Eurocopter AS332L-1 Super Puma cockpitThe purpose of this paper is to identify and describe some of the human factor problems which can occur in the cockpit of a modern civilian helicopter. After examining specific hardware and software problems in the cockpit design of the Eurocopter (Aerospatiale) AS332L-1 Super Puma, the author proposes several principles that can be used to avoid similar human factors problems in the design of future cockpits. These principles relate to the use and function of warning lights, the design of autopilots in two-pilot aircraft, and the labeling of switches and warning lights, specifically with respect to abbreviations and translations from languages other than English. In the final section of the paper, the author describes current trends in society which he suggests should be taken into consideration when designing future aircraft cockpits.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Padfield, R. Randall
(Helikopter Service A/S Oslo, Norway)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Research Center, Piloting Vertical Flight Aircraft: A Conference on Flying Qualities and Human Factors
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Meeting Information
Meeting: European Rotorcraft Forum
Location: Amsterdam
Country: Netherlands
Start Date: September 12, 1989
End Date: September 15, 1989
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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