Applying a model-based observer to estimate pilot expectation

Anil Bozan, Can Onur, Lee Whitcher, Amy Pritchett

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This paper applies a model-based observer (MBO) to estimate the best possible pilot expectation of the aircraft state based on knowledge of the aircraft dynamics, vestibular system sensing, and a given visual scan. This paper presents a few case studies where the MBO is applied in various flight regimes reflecting common maneuvers observed in spatial disorientation related accidents. The results demonstrate how key pilot scanning behaviors during the maneuvers can foster or hinder pilot's expectation of the aircraft state, and the paper concludes with a discussion of potential implications for pilot training and design of flightdeck displays and alerting systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE/AIAA 33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479950010
StatePublished - Dec 8 2014
Event33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2014 - Colorado Springs, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2014Oct 9 2014

Publication series

NameAIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2155-7195
ISSN (Electronic)2155-7209


Other33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityColorado Springs

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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