Cognitive Walkthrough with a Commercial Pilot for Preliminary Single-Pilot Operations Experiment

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Intern Ryan O‰ÛªConnor (left) with fellow California State University, Long Beach, graduate student Zack Roberts. Image Credit: URC.

Intern Ryan O‰ÛªConnor (left) with fellow California State University, Long Beach, graduate student Zack Roberts. Image Credit: URC.

Intern Ryan O‰ÛªConnor (left) with fellow California State University, Long Beach, graduate student Zack Roberts. Image Credit: URC.

Student: Ryan O‰ÛªConnor

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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