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The impact of cockpit automation on crew coordination and communication. Volume 1: Overview, LOFT evaluations, error severity, and questionnaire dataThe purpose was to examine, jointly, cockpit automation and social processes. Automation was varied by the choice of two radically different versions of the DC-9 series aircraft, the traditional DC-9-30, and the glass cockpit derivative, the MD-88. Airline pilot volunteers flew a mission in the simulator for these aircraft. Results show that the performance differences between the crews of the two aircraft were generally small, but where there were differences, they favored the DC-9. There were no criteria on which the MD-88 crews performed better than the DC-9 crews. Furthermore, DC-9 crews rated their own workload as lower than did the MD-88 pilots. There were no significant differences between the two aircraft types with respect to the severity of errors committed during the Line-Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) flight. The attitude questionnaires provided some interesting insights, but failed to distinguish between DC-9 and MD-88 crews.
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Contractor Report (CR)
Wiener, Earl L.
(Miami Univ. Coral Gables, FL, United States)
Chidester, Thomas R.
(Miami Univ. Coral Gables, FL, United States)
Kanki, Barbara G.
(Miami Univ. Coral Gables, FL, United States)
Palmer, Everett A.
(Miami Univ. Coral Gables, FL, United States)
Curry, Renwick E.
(Miami Univ. Coral Gables, FL, United States)
Gregorich, Steven E.
(San Jose State Univ. CA., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1991
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:177587
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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