The Aviation Human Factors Lab focuses on evaluating how people interact with aircraft or with the unique problems associated with aviation.
Previous work evaluated pilot seat comfort for long flights, modular instruction techniques for flying a 747 simulator, eye tracking during Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) navigation and evaluating the FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) for training instrument flights. Contact: Dr. Stephen Rice or Dr. Jon French.
We have an Elite Arrow simulator that incorporates multi-function and primary flight display technology, several desktop flight simulators and a helicopter simulator on loan from Ft. Rucker. Previous sponsors have included Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Goodrich and the U.S. Army. The lab allows us to test new equipment during simulated flight or new techniques for flight cues such as haptics. We have several projects that evaluate new instruction techniques and passenger acceptance of automated flights. Our students get hands on training in research methodologies that involve the applied settings in aviation.