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Aerotecnica Missili & Spazio

, Volume 97, Issue 1, pp 27–33 | Cite as

A Pilot Mental Workload Case Study in a Full Flight Simulator

  • A. Alaimo
  • A. Esposito
  • C. Orlando
  • G. Tesoriere
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Abstract

The present paper deals with the pilot mental workload estimation in a simulated fixed wing aircraft environment. A full flight simulator of the CESSNA C560 XLS is used to ensure a high fidelity flight experience in order to evaluate pilot performance. A noninvasive device is employed to get pilot ECG during simulated flight and in particular the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is analyzed to look for objective indices of workload level. Subjective measures based on NASA-TLX questionnaire are also considered to compare the HRV parameters estimation with the own pilot perception of workload level associated to each of the considered task. Results are presented and commented for two different flight segments: i) Take Off and Climb; ii) Approach and Landing.

Acronyms

NASA-TLX

NASA Task Load indeX

SWORD

Subjective WORkload Dominance

HR

Heart Rate

ANS

Autonomic Nervous System

HRV

Heart Rate Variability

IBI

Inter-Beat-Interval

SDRR

Standard Deviation of R-R intervals

SDNN

Standard Deviation of Normal R-R intervals

RMSSD

Root Mean Square of the Successive Differences

SD1

Standard Deviation of the Poincare plot perpendicular to the line-of-identity.

SDSD

Standard Deviation of Successive Differences

LF/HF

Low Frequency/High Frequency

FFS

Full Flight Simulator

HDG

Heading

ALT

True Altitude

CAS

Calibrated Air Speed

QNH

Q code Nautical Height

ILS

Instrument Landing System

TO

Take Off

LF

Level Flight

LCD

Landing Gear Down

TD

Touch Down

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Alaimo
    • 1
  • A. Esposito
    • 1
  • C. Orlando
    • 1
  • G. Tesoriere
    • 1
  1. 1.Enna Facoltà di Ingegneria e Architettura“Kore” - Università di EnnaItaly

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