AN EVALUATION OF AIRCRAFT SEPARATION ASSURANCE CONCEPTS USING AIRLINE FLIGHT SIMULATORS. VOLUME I. STUDY REPORT

This report documents an evaluation of Aircraft Separation Assurance (ASA) concepts using an airline flight simulator. The primary objective of the experiment was to determine the cockpit information requirements for an aircraft collision avoidance system. Qualified pilots from commercial aviation and industry flew typical operational scenarios in the simulated Los Angeles area. During the flight, conflict situations with other aircraft developed, and pilots were asked to respond to these situations on the basis of information presented to them by one of three experimental collision avoidance displays. Computer-collected data on pilot response to collision avoidance commands and resultant miss distances were correlated with data from questionnaires filled out by participating pilots to determine the cockpit information requirements. The subjective commments addressed the areas of required display information items, use of color, audible alert, symbols, workload, pilot confidence in the system, and pilot display preference. Altitude, range, relative bearing, and other-aircraft heading have been identified as the most important and most essential information elements in the resolution of potential conflicts. The report provides a statistical analysis of the accumulated data and includes recommendations for the development and operational implementation of the ASA program. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, AD-A083 897.
  • Corporate Authors:

    ARINC Research Corporation

    2251 Riva Road
    Annapolis, MD  United States  21401

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Airport Technology Research and Development Branch
    Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Authors:
    • Morgenstern, B
    • Berry, T P
  • Publication Date: 1979-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 108 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314039
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 1343-01-3-2058-VOL-1, FAA/RD-79-124-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA78WA-4091
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 5 2002 12:00AM