Accession Number : ADP001636

Title :   Helicopter Pilot Response Latency as a Function of the Spatial Arrangement of Instruments and Controls,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONUATICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION MOFFETT FIELD CA AMES RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Hartzell,E. James ; Dunbar,Sherry L. ; Beveridge,R. ; Cortilla,R.

Report Date : JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : This study addresses the question of the spatial arrangement of helicopter instruments and controls in terms of stimulus-response compatibility. The results indicate that in airspeed and altitude adjustment tasks the compatible placement of controls and displayed information may result in a significant time savings and reduced workload and therefore increased mission performance. Fitts' Law is used as a dependent measure to assess the performance of subjects in a discrete manual control task.

Descriptors :   *Man machine systems, *Flight control systems, Flight instruments, Spatial distribution, Instrument panels, Position(Location), Performance tests, Response, Display systems, Manual operation, Pilots, Helicopters, Compatibility, Reaction time, Delay, Error analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE