Airline Head-Up Display Systems: Human Factors ConsiderationsRyan J Nichol*
Massey University, College of Business, New Zealand
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ryan J Nichol
Massey University - College of Business, New Zealand
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date March 09, 2015; Accepted date April 27, 2015; Published date May 03, 2015
Citation: Nichol RJ (2015) Airline Head-Up Display Systems: Human Factors Considerations. Int J Econ Manag Sci 4:248. doi: 10.4172/2162-6359.1000248
Copyright: © 2015 Nichol RJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
As the key source of information for pilots, the human visual system has necessarily driven much of the evolution in cockpit technology. In contrast to the complicated, gauge-based systems of the past, the electronic flight displays of today’s modern airliners are testament to advances in human factors engineering. The next step in flight instrumentation, although already used for some 50 years in the military, is just beginning to emerge in civil transport aircraft. Head-up displays (HUDs) allow pilots to see key flight instrumentation while viewing the outside world. The need to look down at the flight instruments is removed by the HUD, resulting in increased situational awareness and greater precision in aircraft control. While the head-up display is a welcome development, as with many instances of human-technology interface, the benefits provided by HUDs are not without potential drawbacks. The present report provides a thorough grounding in key areas of importance to the development and operation of HUD systems, including the human visual system, the history and development of conventional cockpit instrumentation, and a summary of the technical aspects and human factors considerations relating to HUD systems. This basis is built upon with a more practical assessment of the HUD system used in a modern airliner, the Boeing 787.