The concept of an intelligent flight deck – where all the information coming in from the airplane health management sensors, navigation systems, communication devices as well as ground operations are designed around the pilot. There was of course a major portion of this experiment that is unfortunately redacted due to its sensitive nature. The fact that it had to do with a platform that monitored all events around each flight and took evasive maneuvers to make sure the passengers reached their destination safely.
We conducted jump seat observations, surveys, pilot interviews, training observations, maintenance observations, airline operations center observations and flight deck technical performance measures (TPMs) to get an insight into the qualitative and quantitative areas of research.
Our main study was to understand what operators want and need from future flight decks and pilot performance, for example:
- Improve ground efficiency
- Make the flight deck easier and faster to maintain
- Real-time, accurate, complete updates to data and information
- Tools to help pilots make efficient routing decisions
- Provide tools that enable pilots to make informed fuel loading and fuel management decisions.
- Optimize information and databases access on board
- Operation of the flight deck must support novice and expert pilots and the development of expertise
- Provide pilots with technologies they need to be skilled problem solvers and decision makers across all contexts
- Create a flight deck that enables pilots to maintain proficiency through normal operations
- Integrate with other rapidly developing technologies such as mobile devices
- Provide an open architecture to support airline customization, flexible and frequent upgrades to software and support third party applications
- Integrate flight deck with airline information technology solutions