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Pilot interaction with cockpit automation - Operational experiences with the Flight Management SystemResults are presented of two studies on the potential effect of cockpit automation on the pilot's performance, which provide data on pilots' difficulties with understanding and operating one of the core systems of cockpit automation, the Flight Management System (FMS). The results of both studies indicate that, although pilots do become proficient in standard FMS operations through ground training and subsequent flight experience, they still have difficulties tracking the FMS status and behavior in certain flight contexts and show gaps in the understanding of the functional structure of the system. The results suggest that design-related factors such as opaque interfaces contribute to these difficulties, which can affect the pilot's situation awareness.
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Sarter, Nadine B.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Woods, David D.
(Ohio State Univ. Columbus, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: International Journal of Aviation Psychology
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
ISSN: 1050-8414
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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