COCKPIT DISPLAYS OF TRAFFIC INFORMATION: AIRLINE PILOTS OPINIONS ABOUT CONTENT, SYMBOLOGY, AND FORMAT

A number of candidate computer-generated cockpit displays of traffic information (CDTI) displays and display options were simulated statically and were shown to 23 airline pilots who were asked to respond to more than 250 questions about them. The pilots indicated that the amount and complexity of navigation information displayed should increase with altitude and map scale. Terrain information should appear automatically if a pilot's own aircraft descends below the minimum safe altitude and should include only those obstructions within 2,000 ft or less. Few pilots felt that weather information should be displayed on a CDTI, but if it was, it should be at pilot request only. A chevron-shaped symbol, located so that the majority of the map area was ahead was preferred. The position, altitude, ground speed, ground track, weight class, and flightpath history of other aircraft should be presented graphically by coding the shape of the symbol for other aircraft or presented digitally in data tags displayed at pilot request. All pilots thought that color coding was necessary to recognize different categories of information quickly and accurately. The majority of pilots felt that a CDTI would provide useful information even though its presence might increase their workload somewhat particularly during its introductory stages.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ames Research Center

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Moffett Field, CA  United States  94035
  • Authors:
    • Hart, S G
    • Wempe, T E
  • Publication Date: 1979-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00305634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-TM-78601, A-7884
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1980 12:00AM