Designing Energy Display Formats for Civil Aircraft: Reply to Amelink, Mulder, van Paassen, and Flach

This paper presents a reply and extension to a recent article titled "Theoretical Foundations for a Total Energy-based Perspective Flight-Path Display," by Amelink, Mulder, van Paassen, and Flach (published in this journal, 2005). The original article correctly pointed out that energy issues are covered in descriptions of the piloting task, which tend to be based on the machine’s behavior rather than the system’s functions and their relation to the goals to be achieved. Taking a more holistic approach, referred to by Amelink et al. as ecological interface design, will lead to greater pilot situation awareness, flight safety, and efficiency. The authors of the current paper use the same principles as Amelink et al. in defining an energy flight path replacing the speed and altitude, but extend the system by expanding the drag element. Trials were run with pilots on a fixed-wing simulator to evaluate three different versions of energy display formats. Findings showed that the energy displays all made the pilots more energy aware but that this increase in awareness could not solely justify a new display.

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    • Catton, Lewis
    • Starr, Alison
    • Noyes, Jan M
    • Fisher, Alex
    • Price, Tim
  • Publication Date: 2007


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  • Accession Number: 01044674
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2007 8:02PM