Accession Number : ADP001621

Title :   Assessment of Manual. Process Control Strategies,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB WILLIAMS AFB AZ

Personal Author(s) : De Maio,Joe

Report Date : JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The present research is directed at developing a methodology for examining individual's performance as process controllers. The process of immediate interest is maneuvering flight. In this task the pilot performs as an energy management decision maker, making moment by moment decisions regarding present and future aircraft energy states. A microcomputer-based task has been developed in which a subject flies a simulated vehicle through a course in a sequence of discrete moves. The range of movement available on each move is determined by generic, aircraft flight equations. Performance, as indexed by number of moves required to complete the course, has been found to be strongly related to flying ability. Additional performance measures, based on the decisions made on each move, have been developed which permit examination of control strategies underlying task performance. Such measures will permit analysis of cognitive functions leading to successful control performance and of the effects of environmental and individual factors on these decision making functions. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Pilots, *Flight maneuvers, *Decision making, *Information processing, Energy management, Cognition, Performance(Human), Control, Velocity, Performance tests, Flight simulation, Turning flight, Job analysis, Strategy, Manual operation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE