Student: Ryan O’Connor
California State University, Long Beach
Major: Human Factors Psychology
Degree Level: Master of Science
Internship Site: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
Mentor: Dr. Walter Johnson
Abstract: The number of crew members in commercial flights has steadily decreased to two members, down from five members 50 years ago. The next step is to reduce the crew to one pilot, and eventually fully automate commercial aircraft, with one ground pilot managing numerous UAS. This reduction in crew will reduce costs for major airliners. Consistent development of new aeronautic technologies has enabled this drastic shift to be possible. The (FDRL) at NASA Ames is getting involved in the research efforts for the upcoming changes. My task as an intern was to develop a cognitive walkthrough and work directly with a commercial pilot to create testing scenarios and flowcharts for the experimental testing on single-pilot operations.
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