Empirical evaluations of pilot planning behavior in emergency situations

Amy R. Pritchett, Damon C. Nix, Jennifer J. Ockerman

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Faced with an emergency aboard an aircraft, pilots must generate a flight-plan to effectively and safely guide the plane to touchdown. However, forming a safe flight-plan is a complex and difficult task. An initial experiment hypothesized that an in-flight planning tool would aid the pilot in forming and verifying flight-plans. Results identified problems with the planner's interface, highlighted the myriad concerns that pilots must address in creating an emergency flight plan, and identified potential benefits with having the system provide a safe plan. Two further studies are discussed in this paper. The first examined whether the pilots' difficulties came from specific features in the interface or from the inherent difficulty of the task. The second study evaluated pilots' ability to quickly judge the accuracy of an automatically-generated plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
EventProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 45th Annual Meeting - Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN, United States
Duration: Oct 8 2001Oct 12 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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