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Development of a simulator to investigate pilot decision making in free flight
Author(s): Stephen F. Scallen; Kip Smith; Peter A. Hancock
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Paper Abstract

In response to the deterioration of ATC technology, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has initiated a program of study to determine the implications of a distributed control structure, 'free-flight', in which pilots would be given authority for navigation and routing decisions. This paper discusses a simulator developed to define constraints on safe and effective pilot decision-making in the proposed 'free-flight' structure. The simulator's design goals were the detailed reproduction of cockpit navigation displays, real-time updating of airspace information, and the flexibility to support dynamic manipulations of the environment. The simulator is housed in the fuselage of a single engine aircraft and supports modern glass-cockpit instrumentation including a primary flight display, a navigation display with proximity warning system, a flight management system display with keyboard input device, and numerous control switches. Unique software abilities includes data collection, data analysis, and data playback. A console control workstation also allows the dynamic manipulation of drone aircraft in simulated air traffic scenarios. At runtime the simulator captures pilot control actions and the location of all traffic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2740, High-Fidelity Simulation for Training, Test Support, Mission Rehearsal, and Civilian Applications, (12 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.242966
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen F. Scallen, Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities (United States)
Kip Smith, Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities (United States)
Peter A. Hancock, Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2740:
High-Fidelity Simulation for Training, Test Support, Mission Rehearsal, and Civilian Applications
Nickolas L. Faust, Editor(s)

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