Accession Number : ADP003450

Title :   Pilot Oriented Performance Measurement,


Personal Author(s) : De Maio,J. ; Bell,H. H. ; Brunderman,J.

Report Date : 16 NOV 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Flight simulators provide a complete quantitative record of a pilot's flying performance. Evaluating this record is complicated by the volume of data and by its fine detail, dozens of flight parameters, sampled many times per second. Automated performance measurement systems (APMS) reduce the volume of data to an amount which is manageable and understandable. The usual APMS is aircraft state oriented. The APMS keys on aircraft state (e.g., X-Y position, bank angle) to define intervals over which performance data are integrated. This PAMS is relatively insensitive to pilots' intentions and so may average performances which had differing objectives, based only on their having occurred at the same point during the task sequence. An alternative APMS has been developed which is piloted oriented. This APMS defines measurement intervals based on control inputs. Control inputs are identified by discrete changes in flight path. These intervals are psychologically relevant in that they begin with a goal-directed control input and end with a countervailing input. By relating performance in the pilot defined intervals to state defined intervals, it is possible to quantify performance on given flight segments (e.g., a level turn), and to specify factors which lead to a given level of performance. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Performance tests, *Pilots, *Flight simulators, Flight simulation, Performance(Human), Flight, Parameters, Automation, Data reduction, Integration, Control, Input, Flight paths, Time intervals, Man machine systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE