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Pilot workload during approaches: comparison of simulated standard and noise-abatement profiles.
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PMID:  19378906     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: A new noise-reduced landing approach was tested--a Segmented Continuous Descent Approach (SCDA)-with regard to the resulting workload on pilots. METHODS: Workload of 40 pilots was measured using physiological (heart rate, blood pressure, blink frequency, saliva cortisol concentration) and psychological (fatigue, sleepiness, tension, and task load) parameters. Approaches were conducted in A320 and A330 full-flight simulators during night shift. SCDA was compared to the standard Low Drag Low Power (LDLP) procedure as reference. RESULTS: Mean heart rate and blood pressure during the SCDA were not elevated, but were partly, even significantly, reduced (on average by 5 bpm and 4 mmHg from the flying captain). Cortisol levels did not change significantly with mean values of 0.9 to 1.2 ng ml(-1). Landing was the most demanding segment of both approaches as indicated by significant increases in heart rate and decreases in blink frequency. Subjective task load was low. DISCUSSION: Both approach procedures caused a similar workload level. Interpreting the results, methodological limitations have to be considered, e.g., the artificial and controlled airspace situation in the flight simulator. Nevertheless, it can be concluded that under these ideal conditions, the SCDA is operable without a higher workload for pilots compared to the common LDLP.
Eva-Maria Elmenhorst; Martin Vejvoda; Hartmut Maass; Jürgen Wenzel; Gernot Plath; Ekkehart Schubert; Mathias Basner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aviation, space, and environmental medicine     Volume:  80     ISSN:  0095-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-21     Completed Date:  2009-06-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501714     Medline TA:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  364-70     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
DLR-German Aerospace Center, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Cologne, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aerospace Medicine
Blood Pressure
Computer Simulation
Heart Rate
Hydrocortisone / metabolism
Middle Aged
Noise, Transportation / prevention & control*
Saliva / metabolism
Task Performance and Analysis*
Workload* / psychology
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