Now you see it, now you don’t: A change blindness assessment of flight display complexity and pilot performance

Claire McDermott Ealding, Alex Stedmon

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Abstract

Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) provide a revolutionary new technology for modern aircraft flight decks, changing the way pilots see the world by merging a high-resolution representation of their immediate terrain and surroundings underneath the traditional primary flight instruments. Despite its operational benefits, there may be challenges to the effective use of SVS and little research has focused on pilot performance measures. Using custom designed flight display images and a novel Flicker Paradigm, an experiment was designed to measure pilot response time to visual cues on both SVS and conventional electronic displays and also for different levels of pilot experience. Results indicated that change detection was impaired with the SVS display across the pilot ranks. Pilots were typically seven seconds slower and made more errors using the SVS display, supporting other research that suggests that the background complexity of SVS hampers the speed and accuracy of identifying visual cues. Contrary to what was expected, first officers performed both quicker and more accurately than captains. Perhaps this signals the first signs of a new crop of pilots who have been trained using 21st century synthetic and electronic flight displays in today’s light training aircraft.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics - 15th International Conference, EPCE 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Pages637-648
Number of pages12
Volume10906 LNAI
ISBN (Print)9783319911212
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2018
Event15th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10906 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period15/07/1820/07/18

Keywords

  • Avionics
  • Change blindness
  • Flicker paradigm
  • Pilot performance
  • Synthetic vision systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    McDermott Ealding, C., & Stedmon, A. (2018). Now you see it, now you don’t: A change blindness assessment of flight display complexity and pilot performance. In Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics - 15th International Conference, EPCE 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings (Vol. 10906 LNAI, pp. 637-648). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10906 LNAI). Springer-Verlag London Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91122-9_51