Pub. Date:
Taylor & Francis
Principles of Human-Centered Aviation Automation / Edition 1

Principles of Human-Centered Aviation Automation / Edition 1

by Charles E. Billings
Current price is , Original price is $80.95. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.


The advent of very compact, very powerful digital computers has made it possible to automate a great many processes that formerly required large, complex machinery. Digital computers have made possible revolutionary changes in industry, commerce, and transportation. This book, an expansion and revision of the author's earlier technical papers on this subject, describes the development of automation in aircraft and in the aviation system, its likely evolution in the future, and the effects that these technologies have had -- and will have -- on the human operators and managers of the system. It suggests concepts that may be able to enhance human-machine relationships in future systems. The author focuses on the ability of human operators to work cooperatively with the constellation of machines they command and control, because it is the interactions among these system elements that result in the system's success or failure, whether in aviation or elsewhere.

Aviation automation has provided great social and technological benefits, but these benefits have not come without cost. In recent years, new problems in aircraft have emerged due to failures in the human-machine relationship. These incidents and accidents have motivated this inquiry into aviation automation. Similar problems in the air traffic management system are predicted as it becomes more fully automated. In particular, incidents and accidents have occurred which suggest that the principle problems with today's aviation automation are associated with its complexity, coupling, autonomy, and opacity. These problems are not unique to aviation; they exist in other highly dynamic domains as well. The author suggests that a different approach to automation -- called "human-centered automation" -- offers potential benefits for system performance by enabling a more cooperative human-machine relationship in the control and management of aircraft and air traffic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805821277
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/01/1996
Series: Human Factors in Transportation Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Aviation Automation: Past, Present, and Future. Statement of the Problem. The Context and Environments of Aviation. A Concept of Human-Centered Automation. Part II: The Evolution and Course of Aviation Automation. Humans and the Evolution of Industrial Automation. The Evolution of Aircraft Automation. Aircraft Automation in the Future. Air Traffic Control and Management Automation. Future Air Traffic Management Automation. Part III: The Roles of Human Operators in the Aviation System. Benefits and Costs of Aviation Automation. Human and Machine Roles: Responsibility and Authority. Integration and Coupling in the Aviation System. Part IV: Issues for Future Aviation Automation. Advanced and Novel Automation Concepts for the Future System. Requirements for Aviation Automation. Requirements for Certification of Aviation Automation. Automated Systems in Other Domains. Comments and Conclusions. Appendices: Aviation Accidents and Incidents. Wiener and Curry Guidelines for Aircraft Automation (1980).

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews