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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC] Georgia Tech pilot research


Thread: [IAC] Georgia Tech pilot research

Message: [IAC] Georgia Tech pilot research

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From: Planedancer at

Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 23:01:41 UTC


From one of my other email lists, if anyone is interested in this:

>Georgia Tech aviation research
>We have developed a prototype system to help airline pilots re-plan their
>flight following emergencies like onboard system failures or medical
>problems. Once a pilot enters into the system a desired trajectory, it can
>numerically simulate what the trajectory will look like ­ and to show the
>aircraft attitude and throttle settings that will fly that trajectory.
>Unlike ‘normal’ flight planners, this system is not based on airways, but
>instead on achievable aircraft performance, allowing for extreme 
>situations such as planning maximum-rate descents that position the aircraft 
>onto the localizer and glideslope. We also hope that the system helps enhance
>situation awareness, as it displays the flight envelope and aircraft state
>all the way down to the threshold
>In order to validate the use of this system, we also need to test it with
>the pilots.  Since our simulator uses a PFD and EHSI or ND as the primary
>flight instruments, we also require that the pilots we use are already be
>familiar with glass cockpits -- although they don't have to be current in
>Regarding the details of the experiment itself, it will take the good
>portion of 5-6 hours so that we can carefully, and scientifically test the
>effectiveness of the replanning system.  We do understand this would be a
>big chunk of your time, but it could also effectively be a chance to be 
> part of "ground-zero" for a new in-cockpit tool.
>More information regarding the experiment can be found at
>There is a current schedule of the experimental testing on that page.  We'll
>be testing well into February so we'll still be here once you get back.  

>We are happy to schedule you for whatever time, day or night, weekday or
>weekend, that would be convenient for you.  Please feel free to contact me
>either through email (tedlchen at or through the phone at
>(404) 385-0361.  Thank you.
>Ted L. Chen
>Email:  tedlchen at
>Office Phone: (404) 385-0361


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