Haptic Support for Aircraft Approaches with a Perspective Flight-path Display

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Abstract

Perspective flight-path displays are a viable alternative for the aircraft primary flight display, but increases the pilot head-down time. A haptic interface is developed to counter this effect and increase the task-sharing performance during approach. An experiment (n=12) was conducted to test the effects of the haptic design on primary task performance with a tunnel-in-the-sky display, in a low and high workload condition. To investigate the effects of the haptic interface on the headdown time, a secondary task was presented on the simulator outside visual, in the form of bucket-shaped figures, requiring participants to indicate the direction of the one divergent figure. Secondary task performance was measured by success rate, average time to answer correctly and – by means of eye-tracker measurements – head-up time and number of gaze switches. Pilots also provided a subjective measure of their mental effort after each run. Results show that haptic feedback significantly increases both primary and secondary task performance of the pilots, especially when the primary task is more challenging. Workload ratings are significantly lower, and head-up time increases with haptic feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Subtitle of host publicationMyazaki, Japan, 2018
Pages3016–3021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSMC 2018: IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Myazaki, Japan
Duration: 7 Oct 201810 Oct 2018
http://www.smc2018.org/

Conference

ConferenceSMC 2018: IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Abbreviated titleSMC 2108
CountryJapan
CityMyazaki
Period7/10/1810/10/18
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Keywords

  • Just noticeable difference
  • Mass-spring-damper systems
  • Frequency response function
  • Weber’s law
  • haptics

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