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A Concept of Operations for Single Pilot Incapacitation

Paz Goncalves Martins, Ana and Lieb, Joonas and Friedrich, Max (2022) A Concept of Operations for Single Pilot Incapacitation. In: EASN Conference book of abstracts. EASN2022, 2022-10-18 - 2022-10-21, Barcelona, Spanien.

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A major challenge for the implementation of Single Pilot Operations (SPO) in commercial aviation is how to deal with the potential risk of in-flight pilot incapacitation. In this presentation we present a concept of operations aiming at supporting flight and landing of a single-piloted aircraft in case the onboard single pilot becomes incapacitated. In nominal conditions, a ground station operator (GSO) monitors and supports the onboard single pilot as needed. In our concept, three different ground stations are involved: departure, cruise, and approach ground station. During departure and approach, one GSO would assist one single pilot at a time, whereas in cruise (when workload is relatively low) the GSO would support several single pilots simultaneously. Once incapacitation is detected and confirmed, the GSO takes over control of the aircraft and becomes pilot-in-command. In case pilot incapacitation occurs during cruise, the cruise GSO takes over control of the aircraft for a short period of time, and transfers the control of the aircraft to a stand-by GSO who would be responsible for landing the concerned aircraft safely as soon as possible.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/187361/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A Concept of Operations for Single Pilot Incapacitation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Paz Goncalves Martins, AnaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1794-9987UNSPECIFIED
Lieb, JoonasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7095-2435UNSPECIFIED
Friedrich, MaxUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7103-3753UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:EASN Conference book of abstracts
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Single Pilot Operations (SPO), pilot incapacitation, Ground Station Operator (GSO)
Event Title:EASN2022
Event Location:Barcelona, Spanien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:18 October 2022
Event End Date:21 October 2022
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human Factors
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Systemergonomy
Institute of Flight Guidance > Pilot Assistance
Institute of Flight Guidance
Deposited By: Paz Goncalves Martins, Ana
Deposited On:27 Oct 2022 07:59
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:48

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