Accession Number : ADA307161

Title :   Airborne Data Link Study Report.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : CTA INC MCKEE CITY NJ

Personal Author(s) : Rehmann, Albert J. ; Mogford, Richard H.

PDF Url : ADA307161

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : This report represents evaluations of Data Link products and services in a simulated aviation operation. The study addresses key issues related to alerting schemes for Data Link messages, positioning of Data Link displays, and mode of presentation of Data Link messages. The comparison of response times of two alerting schemes, a nondistinctive alert and a nondistinctive alert with an annunciator lamp, did not favor one over another. The forward-mounted Data Link display led to less time required to respond to Data Link messages over aft-mounted, although this difference was not statistically significant. The aft-mounted display was also rated as higher in workload and lower in visibility by crews. Pilots preferred digitized speech over a text-only presentation of messages. The availability of Data Link significantly reduced the amount of controller radio communication with pseudopilots and simulator pilots. The subjective effort, workload of pilots, and fuel burn were not affected by the Data Link capability. However, pilots raised concerns about reduced confidence, safety, and situational awareness with Data Link.

Descriptors :   *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, *DATA LINKS, *FLIGHT SIMULATION, DATA PROCESSING, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, FLIGHT CREWS, PILOTS, DISPLAY SYSTEMS, REDUCTION, AERONAUTICS, AVAILABILITY, RESPONSE, VISIBILITY, RADIO LINKS, MOUNTS, DATA DISPLAYS, FLIGHT SIMULATORS, WORKLOAD, MESSAGE PROCESSING, FUEL BURN UP, CONFIDENCE LEVEL, AWARENESS.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE