The manipulation of colour in display symbology design has been recognised as a method to improve operator experience and performance. An earlier paper by the authors demonstrated that redundantly colour coding head-up flight symbology supported the manual flying performance of both professional and non-professional pilots during low-workload flying scenarios. In this study the workload and performance of 12 professional airline pilots was evaluated in high workload conditions whilst they flew manoeuvres and an instrument landing system (ILS) approach with and without the presence of colour feedback on a head up display (HUD). Workload was manipulated by presenting pilots with a concurrent auditory n-back task. Colour coded flight symbology reduced the subjective workload of the pilots during high workload conditions. In contrast, manual flying performance during high workload was not improved by the presence of colour coded feedback.
- Head up symbology