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Stirring the Pot: Comparing Stick Input Patterns and Flight-Path Control Strategies in Airline Pilots

Haslbeck, Andreas and Hörmann, Hans-Jürgen and Gontar, Patrick (2018) Stirring the Pot: Comparing Stick Input Patterns and Flight-Path Control Strategies in Airline Pilots. The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, 28 (1-2), pp. 15-30. Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1080/24721840.2018.1481343. ISSN 2472-1840.

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Objective: This study evaluated airline pilots’ inceptor input patterns and flight-path control strategies during a manual instrument approach as a function of recent flight practice. Background: Manual flying skills erode due to an extensive use of automation and rare opportunity to practice these skills. Method: One hundred and twenty-six randomly selected pilots of a European airline took part in this experiment, performing a simulated manual raw data precision approach. All of the pilots were allocated to 1 of 4 groups according to their fleet and rank: first officers and captains on short haul, as well as first officers and captains on long haul. A new method to analyze flight-path control strategies by differentiating between constant and variable flight-path errors was proposed. Time-domain measures were taken into account to evaluate sidestick inputs. Results: We distinguished between 2 different flight-path control strategies; both differed in the deviations achieved. In addition, the pilots who predominantly used 1-dimensional sidestick inputs also had smaller deviations from the ideal flight-path. Conclusion: Pilots showed a relationship between manual fine-motor flying skills and recent flight practice, especially in long-haul fleets.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/120931/
Document Type:Article
Title:Stirring the Pot: Comparing Stick Input Patterns and Flight-Path Control Strategies in Airline Pilots
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Haslbeck, AndreasTechnische Univesität München, Institute of Ergonomicshttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6486-0817
Hörmann, Hans-JürgenHans.Hoermann (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6358-7027
Gontar, PatrickTechnische Univesität München, Institute of Ergonomicshttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0345-2566
Date:June 2018
Journal or Publication Title:The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 15-30
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Keywords:manual control, flying performance, sidestick inputs
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human factors and safety in Aeronautics (old)
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Aviation and Space Psychology
Deposited By: Hörmann, Dr.phil. Hans-Jürgen
Deposited On:26 Jul 2018 10:49
Last Modified:01 Oct 2020 14:42

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