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Pilot’s Perspective on Single Pilot Operation: Challenges or Showstoppers

Zinn, Frank and della Guardia, Jasmin and Albers, Frank (2023) Pilot’s Perspective on Single Pilot Operation: Challenges or Showstoppers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 14018, pp. 216-232. Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-35389-5_16. ISSN 0302-9743.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-35389-5_16


Single Pilot Operation (SPO) in civil aviation is an increasingly discussed top-ic. An implementation would and had to change the conditions for pilots and other professionals in aviation considerably. Therefore, SPO raises many questions and thus opens important areas of research. This study focusses on anticipated problems of SPO. A set of possible problems with SPO was de-veloped beforehand by reviewing current literature and interviews with air-line pilots. In an online questionnaire 136 pilots evaluated these potential problems regarding their severity. A factor-analysis revealed the structure of safety relevant concern about SPO, five factors could be identified: (1) inter-action and responsibility, (2) overload of single pilot, (3) health of single pi-lot, (4) over-automation, and (5) data connection. The questionnaire was ap-plied a second time after presenting a realistic and supportive concept of SPO. Perception of severity decreased significantly but remained at a high level. Willingness to pilot SPO was low before and after presenting the con-cept, although it increased significantly. In order to implement SPO one day these problems have to be solved; solu-tions must be found; a safe and secure concept has to be developed together with pilots and other professionals in aviation and communication has to be open and transparent. The presented study was part of the research project Next Generation Intelligent Cockpit (NICo) executed by the German Aero-space Center.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/194502/
Document Type:Article
Title:Pilot’s Perspective on Single Pilot Operation: Challenges or Showstoppers
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Zinn, FrankUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9999-3318UNSPECIFIED
della Guardia, JasminUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3075-9670UNSPECIFIED
Albers, FrankUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3043-5235140630553
Date:9 July 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 216-232
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Harris, DonCoventry UniversityUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Li, Wen-ChinCranfield UniversityUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Series Name:LNAI
Keywords:Single Pilot Operation, Virtual-Co-Pilot, Remote-Pilot, Attitude and technology, Problems and technology, AI, NICo
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: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Aviation and Space Psychology
Deposited By: Zinn, Dr. Frank
Deposited On:17 Aug 2023 11:15
Last Modified:31 Aug 2023 10:27

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