A Fixed-Based Flight Simulator Study: The Interdependence of Flight Control Performance and Gaze Efficiency

  • Lewis L. Chuang
  • Frank M. Nieuwenhuizen
  • Heinrich H. Bülthoff
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8020)


Here, a descriptive study is reported that addresses the relationship between flight control performance and instrument scanning behavior. This work was performed in a fixed-based flight simulator. It targets the ability of untrained novices to pilot a lightweight rotorcraft in a flight scenario that consisted of fundamental mission task elements such as speed and altitude changes. The results indicate that better control performance occurs when gaze is more selective for and focused on key instruments. Ideal instrument scanning behavior is proposed and its relevance for training instructions and visual instrument design is discussed.


Control Performance Rotor Disc Flight Control Scanning Strategy Instrument Panel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lewis L. Chuang
    • 1
  • Frank M. Nieuwenhuizen
    • 1
  • Heinrich H. Bülthoff
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Perception, Cognition and ActionMax Planck Institute for Biological CyberneticsTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Cognitive and Brain EngineeringKorea UniversitySouth Korea

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