Accession Number : ADA097208
Title : Instructor/Operator Display Evaluation Methods
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : BOEING AEROSPACE CO SEATTLE WA LOGISTICS SUPPORT AND SERVICES DIV
Personal Author(s) : Elworth, Charles
Report Date : Mar 1981
Pagination or Media Count : 191
Abstract : The purpose of this study was to develop an objective, systematic technique for evaluating alternative formats for the displays to be used at the instructor/operator station (IOS) of a flight simulator. A benchmark performance monitoring task was designed which exercises many of the skills used by an instructor at remote IOS. Measurement techniques were developed for assessing performance of the task. The techniques were demonstrated by using them to compare two popular display formats: digital readouts versus repeater instruments. Three of six variables were monitored with greater accuracy and comprehensiveness using repeater instruments than digital readouts. For the other three variables, there was no difference between display types. Significant effects were caused by both the type of maneuver being flown and the type question being asked in administering the measurement method. We concluded that the benchmark task approach has considerable merit as a method of evaluating display formats. In follow-on studies, additional investigations should be conducted on the specifics of the measurement technique and the possible effects of memory on results.
Descriptors : *TRAINING DEVICES , *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING , *DISPLAY SYSTEMS , *FLIGHT SIMULATORS , *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS , TEST AND EVALUATION , DIGITAL SYSTEMS , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , PILOTS , TEST METHODS , OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS , AIR FORCE TRAINING , FORMATS , INSTRUCTORS , FLIGHT MANEUVERS , OPERATORS(PERSONNEL) , FLIGHT SIMULATION , READ OUT TECHNIQUES , QUESTIONNAIRES , CATHODE RAY TUBES , VISUAL AIDS , REPEATERS
Subject Categories : Humanities and History
Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE