A brief review of pilots’ workload assessment using flight simulators: subjective and objective metrics

A brief review of pilots’ workload assessment using flight simulators: subjective and objective metrics

Giuseppe Iacolino, Antonio Esposito, Calogero Orlando, Andrea Alaimo

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Abstract. This study explores subjective and objective metrics to assess pilots WL, with a particular focus on the use of full flight simulators (FFS). The results show that FFS-based research demonstrates no significant differences compared to real flight experiences, highlighting the validity of FFS as a tool for studying pilots’ performance. However, further research is needed to understand the impact of other parameters on pilots’ performance, and to address human factor-related risks for enhanced aviation safety.

Human Factor, Subjective Methods, Objective Methods, Full Flight Simulator

Published online 11/1/2023, 4 pages
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Citation: Giuseppe Iacolino, Antonio Esposito, Calogero Orlando, Andrea Alaimo, A brief review of pilots’ workload assessment using flight simulators: subjective and objective metrics, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 37, pp 754-757, 2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21741/9781644902813-161

The article was published as article 161 of the book Aeronautics and Astronautics

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