The next generation air transportation system (NextGen) is a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art technologies and procedures that improves national airspace system(NAS)capacity and efficiency, while maintaining world-class safety. In order to realize these improvements,the roles and the systems ofpilots and controllers are changing. Advanced technologies and new procedures make the information and the tasksmore complex. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Flight Deck Human Factors Research Programexamines flightcrew interaction with current and future technology and pilotperformance of flight procedures. Human factors scientists across industry, government,and academia produce scientific and technical data-driven recommendationsto support the FAA’s development of regulatory standards, policies, and other guidance materialsfor aircraft manufacturers and operators’ procedures, training, and equipage.A sample of the program’sscope, methodology, findings, future needs, and challenges is describedbelow.
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Bolinger, R. G.,
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(2017). Federal Aviation Administration Flight Deck Human Factors Research Program. 19th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 287-292.