Examining Assumptions about Pilot Behavior in Paired Approaches

Steven J. Landry and Amy R. Pritchett

The design of flight deck systems and air traffic control operations often focuses on one particular part of the overall system. In doing so, implicit assumptions are often made about pilot behavior. A recent flight simulator study investigated a proposed air traffic procedure called paired approaches. This study has indicated that a number of the assumptions made by previous studies may be invalid, with significant implications for the design of paired approaches and, more generally, human-centered design.

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