A simulator study investigated the consequences of atransition between two alternative formats of the attitude indictor in aircraftcockpits, the moving-horizon and moving-aircraft format. Two groups of novicespracticed performing two flight tasks (flight-path tracking and recovery fromunusual attitudes) with one attitude-indicator format for six practice sessions,before transitioning to the other format. The results show that, after practice,participants were able to perform both tasks equally well with bothattitude-indicator formats. However, the number of reversal errors in therecovery task increased considerably when transitioning from the moving-aircraftto moving-horizon format. No such effect emerged for the other direction. Thissuggests that the former transition is more difficult and represents a possiblerisk for flight safety.
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – American Psychological Association
Published: Jan 1, 2019