Human-automation interaction for helicopter flight: Comparing two decision-support systems for navigation tasks

Daniel Friesen*, Clark Borst, Marilena D. Pavel, Pierangelo Masarati, Max Mulder

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of different automation design philosophies for a helicopter navigation task. A baseline navigation display is compared with two more advanced systems: an advisory display, which provides a discrete trajectory suggestion; and a constraint-based display, which provides information about the set of possible trajectory solutions. The results of a human-in-the-loop experiment with eight pilot participants show a significant negative impact of the advisory display on pilot trajectory decision-making: out of the 16 encountered off-nominal situations across the experiment, only 6 were solved optimally. The baseline and constraint-based display both lead to better decisions, with 14 out of 16 being optimal. However, pilots still preferred the advisory display, in particular in off-nominal situations. These results highlight that even when a support system is preferred by pilots, it can have strong inadvertent negative effects on their decision-making.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107719
Number of pages14
JournalAerospace Science and Technology
Volume129
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Automation
  • Display
  • Helicopter
  • Human-machine interface

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