Pilot Activities and the Level of Cockpit Automation

This study seeks to determine how the automation available on the flight deck influences the frequency of various pilot activities. The authors examined how the frequency of 23 activities varied as a function of the level of cockpit automation during revenue-generating airline operations. The pilots' activities were recorded at 7.5-sec intervals during climbs and descents during 193 flights in 2 models of the B737-200 and in 2 models of the B737-300. Eight of the 23 activities were assumed not to be affected by the duration of the climbs and descents and were analyzed using the length of the climb and descent as a covariate. The results showed that the frequency of most of the activities related to flight path control varied with the level of cockpit automation. However, the level of cockpit automation did not seem to affect the frequency of housekeeping and communication activities.

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  • Authors:
    • Damos, Diane L
    • John, Richard S
    • Lyall, Elizabeth A
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01003123
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2005 10:52AM