Connectivity, Human Factors Drive Next-Gen Cockpit

By John Croft
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

Rockwell Collins's Carrico says a properly designed, highly automated next-generation cockpit will not necessarily require fewer pilots. “We're agnostic on the topic,” he says. “We're focused on workload reduction and the right role of automation versus what you let the pilot do. Whether that results in a plane that could be safely flown by one pilot is not an objective, but it could fall out from the result.”

He suggests there may be social and human problems with a one-pilot flight deck. “What do you do under failure conditions, or unusual operating conditions? Can a single human do that? Who backs up that human?” He says decision-making is best done with two people “overseeing” each other.

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