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An operator supervising multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be required to switch attention between UAVs, each potentially involving different scenario environments and task requirements. A transition aid is now under evaluation that employs synthetic vision technology to enhance an operator’s situation awareness when switching between UAVs. Instead of discretely switching from the camera view of one UAV to the camera view of another, the algorithms driving the transition automatically provide a display format that uses a “fly out, fly in” metaphor over several seconds to transition between the two camera views. This paper will describe the many parameters that need to be specified in the implementation of each segment of a transition format (e.g., what heading, path, rate, duration, and ending point). Results from studies conducted to evaluate specific parameters will be summarized as well as an evaluation of a candidate transition in a multi-UAV control station environment.