The Human Factors Considerations in the Design and Evaluation of Flight Deck Displays and Controls document contains six appendices containing a variety of sample checklists, testing scenarios and procedures, key reference lists, and “gold star” human factors research reports which have proven to be useful to both the FAA and industry representatives who evaluate and approve flight deck displays and controls.
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The Human Factors Considerations in the Design and Evaluation of Flight Deck Displays and Controls document contains 10 chapters or “topic areas” that provide human factors regulatory and guidance material, as well as recommendations and best practices from industry, academia, and government research organizations.
The document Human Factors Considerations in the Design and Evaluation of Flight Deck Displays and Controls is intended to compile human factors material into a single-source reference document. The purpose of this document is to identify and prioritize guidance on human factors issues to consider in the design and evaluation of flight deck displays and controls for all types of aircraft in the interest of improving aviation safety. The document may be used by FAA aircraft certification test pilots, engineers, human factors specialists, aircraft certification specialists, and industry professionals. This document is not intended to replace FAA regulatory and guidance material specific to the type of aircraft. Version 2 was published in December 2016 and supersedes the Version 1 edition.
The information on this page is intended to complement the Volpe Center's 2010 EFB Industry Survey, which provides an overview of EFB systems and capabilities with a focus of the EFB user interface for both systems manufacturers.
The information in this document is intended to complement the Volpe Center’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB): 2010 Industry Survey.
The documents listed below include a selection of free online publications and news articles, as well as protected publications that require membership or subscription, or are available for a fee.
In order to support the development of an Advisory Circular on electronic flight bags (EFBs), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tasked the Volpe Center to identify EFB human factors considerations.
The purpose of this report is to document the progress to date on constructing this usability-assessment tool for EFBs. It covers how the tool was developed and tested, what it looks like to date, and how it could be used to help assess and track EFB usability. Further testing is planned to ensure that the tool is usable and to ensure that it adds value to the evaluation process.
There is currently great interest in developing stand-alone electronic devices to support flight deck tasks. These devices, called "Electronic Flight Bags" (EFBs), were originally seen as a repository for electronic documents. Today, some airlines envision EFBs as multi-function devices supporting an array of applications, while others envision a simple low-end device used only for viewing documents, or perhaps for performing flight performance calculations.
The documents listed below include electronic flight bag-related Volpe publications as well as projects that are currently in progress.