As computer display technology has evolved, so have the aircraft instrumentdisplays pilots use for aircraft control and navigation. With the aid of twodifferent flight training devices – one configured with steam gauges andthe other configured with glass cockpit – this study measured aircraftcontrol and navigation differences between two pilot groups. Pilot Group 1 hadearned their instrument rating in aircraft equipped with steam gauges, and PilotGroup 2 had earned their instrument rating in aircraft equipped with glasscockpits. Using displays for which they were not trained, each pilot was testedon aircraft control and navigation precision. The test required that pilotscomplete basic instrument maneuvers and an instrument landing system approach.Using MANOVA, deviations from assigned values were recorded and statisticallycompared. Study findings indicated that steam gauge pilots transitioning toglass cockpits perform better than glass cockpit pilots transitioning to steamgauge displays.
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – American Psychological Association
Published: Jan 1, 2012