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Single Pilot Operations

Automation and advanced technology can provide a great benefit to pilots, particularly in single-pilot operations, in terms of reducing workload and increasing situational awareness. However, automation and advanced technology are not a panacea. The design of integrated glass cockpit systems currently used in these aircraft places a heavy cognitive load on the pilot in terms of long-term, working, and prospective memory; workload and concurrent task management; and developing correct situational mental models. These cognitive demands directly affect pilot error.  Both the advantages and the limitations of technologies must be understood if these technologies are to be used effectively.  We collaborate with other researchers and industry partners to examine the demands of single pilot operations in technologically advanced aircraft and to develop guidance for single pilot resource management (SRM), training, and advanced technology design and displays.

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