Effects of combining vertical and horizontal information into a primary flight display

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Scientific and Technical Information Division, 1987 - 21 pages
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Great advances in pilot situational awareness and workload reduction were made with the early moving-map, horizontal situation displays, wherein the pilot was provided horizontal flight path information in an easily interpretable form. Current work at the Langley Research Center has further advanced these display trends by orienting the vertical display around the flight path of the vehicle. In parallel with these efforts. much research has been conducted on vertical situation displays using pictorial display formats. These pictorial formats have been advocated as providing rapid. qualitative information to the pilot. Of major interest in this study is the hypothesis that some of the potential benefits of these higly advanced. pictorial-type, primary displays may be the result of a reduction of visual scan area brought about by the integration of both vertical and horizontal information and not totally caused by the advanced display form. The goal in this simulation study, then, was to determine the effects of combining vertical and horizontal flight information onto a single display.

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