Researchers have observed that glass cockpit displays tend to be opaque and that this makes it difficult for flight crews to develop accurate and comprehensive mental models of system functioning, thereby leading to errors in unusual situations. However, few researchers have suggested how to create better functional visualizations of system behavior, and even fewer have provided examples of what such advanced displays would look like. This paper describes how the principles of ecological interface design (EID), a framework developed in the context of process control, can be applied in aviation to design engineering systems status displays. A prototype EID interface for the fuel and engines of a Lockheed Hercules C-130 Model E-H aircraft was constructed using the VAPS prototyping tool. This study shows, for the first time, that EID can be meaningfully applied to aviation.

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    Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Incorporated

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    Mahwah, NJ  United States  07430-2262
  • Authors:
    • Dinadis, N
    • Vicente, K J
  • Publication Date: 1999


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00794591
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2000 12:00AM