Aviation Behavioral Technology Program: Cockpit Human Factors Research Plan
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Aviation Behavioral Technology Program: Cockpit Human Factors Research Plan

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    NTL-AVIATION-AVIATION;NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Human Factors;NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Safety/Airworthiness;NTL-AVIATION-Air Traffic Control;NTL-AVIATION-Airports and Facilities;
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    The safety, reliability, and efficiency of the National Airspace System depend upon the· men and women who operate and use it. Aviation human factors research is the study of how these people function in the performance of their jobs as pilots, controllers, or maintenance and ground-support personnel. Increasing automation and system complexity are placing new and different demands on staff of the nation's air transportation system. Concern over human performance in safety has been raised in Congress, industry, and the academic community. Aviation safety areas which have been the subject of recent attention include both the air traffic control and the cockpit aspects of the system. In the past, the development and application of new aviation system technology both in A TC and flight systems has been directed toward increasing the traffic through-put capacity of the NAS. With a few notable exceptions, such as Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS), advances in technology have not been applied directly toward the improvement of flight safety. This proposed program •is intended to develop and apply advanced behavioral analysis and technology to improve flight safety and promote civil aviation. The successful application of technology to safety problems in any system as complex as the NAS system requires an integrated approach. The FAA currently has an active and integrated air traffic control research and development program, but has not developed a centralized and systematic approach to improving flight crew performance has yet to be developed. The purpose of this Aviation Human Factors Research Plan is to address that need by focusing on cockpit- and pilot-related problems and develop an integrated approach to such problems.
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