Dissertation

Disertation topic: Methods for measurement of pilot performance under exptreme conditions

Pilots of small aircrafts are endangered by many events. The one responsible for many fatal events is an engine failure shortly after takeoff. As a result, pilots often perform manoeuvres that are very dangerous to them and the aircraft. For example they try to avoid landing on the grass or field by turning the plane back to the airfield. By doing so the aircraft loses lift and falls to the ground much faster resulting in death of the pilot. The system designed at the Czech Technical University in Prague helps the pilots to solve these emergency situations by giving them instructions on where to land and how to approach alternate landing sites.

Mentioned situations are very stressful and demands swift and decisive reaction. Some pilots are good in that and some fail. The aim of the thesis aims to develop methods for simulating critical situations on simulator and estimate the performance of the pilot under these conditions. The performance assessment is based on mesurement of biological signals, objective performance and subjective rating of performance.

Methodology should make it possible to identify pilost, who might have problems dealing with emergency situation and allow them more extensice training.

Another purpose ot the topic is to create and analyze a database of most frequent accidents. The database will be used to create a data set of dangerous situations, which will serve as a base for developing a recognition and warning system.

The details about our simulator can be found in separate page either in czech or in english.