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In-depth knowledge on the definition and execution of experiments

The execution of man-in-the-loop experiments is of a special nature. Especially pilot evaluations of a novel system technology, like cockpit displays and alerting systems, is not a simple matter. Many factors play a role:
number of new items to assess, ways to assess these items, amount of time available to assess (i.e. crew availability), crew experience and training matters;
how to measure (physiological equipment to be used or not?);
which base line; questionnaires: which ones and which rating scales to be used for workload and situation awareness assessments;
the cost of flight simulator and the incorporation of the research objectives into the experimental scenarios and experimental design. NLR has a lot of know-how on all these aspects, based on a long history of successfully executed projects in the domain of human factors research.

“SAWARE” added more know-how to this list, as the pilot evaluation performed related to an integrated system concept of which workload, situation awareness, flight procedures and operations and flight safety formed part of the research. The know-how gathered on all these topics and furthermore on how to set up and execute this kind of experiments is invaluable for future projects in the domain of for instance civil flight deck research. With the upcoming of new (FAA/EASA) rule making, the need for even better human factors experiment execution to gather objective data to substantiate the claims that new system concepts make, will increase even further.

Reported by

National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR)
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
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