Accession Number : ADA019963

Title :   Human Factors Experiments for Data Link.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. no. 6, Oct-Feb 75,

Corporate Author : TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Diehl,James M.

Report Date : NOV 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 200

Abstract : An evaluation of candidate cockpit Data Link input/output (I/O) devices using airline flight simulators was conducted. The opinions of airline pilots regarding Air Traffic Control by Data Link were obtained. Three full complements of I/O devices were evaluated. The complements were differentiated by the presence of (1) a visual short message ATC (SMATC) display, (2) a voice synthesizer (Vosyn), and (3) a combination of SMATC and Vosyn. An experimental design was developed to evaluate these complements by means of three scenarios in both DC-9 and B-727 airline flight simulators. The experimental setup provided for the collection of quantitative data in the form of message response times and communications events. Qualitative data consisting of questionnaire responses and comments were obtained.

Descriptors :   *Data links, *Air traffic control systems, *Human factors engineering, Input output devices, Display systems, Cockpits, Vocoders, Questionnaires

Subject Categories : Air Navigation and Guidance
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE