The Flight Deck Human Factors laboratory conducts a broad-based program of applied human factors research on causal factors associated with aviation accidents and issues involving the design, operation, and maintenance of flight deck equipment in the NAS. Research includes assessing the impact of advanced technologies, measurement of flight performance and risk, evaluating pilot/controller information transfer, determining the effects of stressors on human performance, identifying human factors involved in accidents and incidents, and quantifying the effects of advanced displays, procedures, and tasks design on pilot performance.
Employees perform aerospace human factors research on individual and organizational issues, displays and controls, human-machine interfaces, and procedural factors as they impact the performance of pilots in the NAS. Employees conduct research examining shiftwork and fatigue management as related to the aviation workforce. This has included examining fatigue countermeasures for pilots, maintenance technicians, and flight attendants.
Research areas include:
- Design of cockpit controls and displays associated with emerging technologies;
- Development of performance-based criteria for use in certification regulation;
- Identification of human casual factors associated with aircrew and maintenance-related aviation accidents and incidents; and
- Effective use of training devices integrated with existing instructional systems.
More information about current research projects can be found below.
- A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Fatigue Risk Management in Aircraft Maintenance - Near Term and NextGen Time Frame (Maintenance Fatigue) (PDF)
- Assessing Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) Impact among Small-Scale Operators: FAA Aviation System Standards as a Development Testbed (PDF)
- Assessment of Flight Attendant Fatigue (PDF)
- Color Vision Requirements for Pilots (PDF)
- Cues (Visual and Instrument) Needed for Helicopter Approaches to a Hover (PDF)
- Datacomm Literature Review (PDF)
- Developing Proactive Methods for GA Data Collection (PDF)
- Documentation of Sensory Deficiencies in the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PDF)
- Effective Intensity of Flashing LED Lights (PDF)
- Fatigue Mitigation in Flight Operations (PDF)
- Human Factors Guidance for Head-Up Display (HUD) Equipment Design and Operation (PDF)
- Monitoring Pilot and Designee Perceptions of FAA Aerospace Medical Services (AME, AMCS Pilot) (PDF)
- Proactive Audit Approach to Support SMS in Airline Maintenance and Ramp Operations (LOSA) (PDF)
- Structured Interviews: Native and Foreign Airline Pilots' International Language Experiences (PDF)
- Synthetic Vision for Primary Flight and Multifunction Displays (PDF)
- Usability of Color-Coded Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) by Pilots with Color Vision Waivers (PDF)
- Very Light Jet (VLJ) Single-Pilot Workload Assessment (PDF)
- Weather in the Cockpit Baselining and Assessment (PDF)