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New SAE Aerospace Standard Addresses Flight Crew Interface

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 28, 2006 - Technology is the force that drives the innovation behind today's sophisticated aircraft. But while such technology offers many positive advancements, attention still needs to be paid to the most basic and crucial type of system interface – that which occurs between the flight crew and the aircraft.

SAE International has developed a standard that addresses the human-centered issues that need to be considered when designing a flight deck, with an ultimate goal of resulting in the most cost-effective, safe and acceptable flight crew interface system possible.

The SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) 5056 – "Flight Crew Interface Considerations in the Flight Deck Design Process," defines recommended flight crew interface design processes and methods for new flight deck designs, as well as modifications for existing ones, of commercial transport aircraft, and regional and business aircraft.

"While textbooks have been written on this subject, this ARP uniquely and succinctly describes how human-centered design can be effectively and efficiently brought into the engineering environment," Alan Jacobsen, co-sponsor of ARP5056 and a Technical Fellow in Human Factors Engineering and Flight Deck Design at The Boeing Company, said.

"This ARP also documents industry best practices employed in actual engineering projects as well as significant human interface considerations. The documentation of these has resulted in the generation of some very practical and valuable guidelines and recommended practices for the industry," he added.

ARP5056 was written and created by SAE International's G-10 Aerospace Behavioral Engineering Technology Committee. For more information on ARP5056 or other SAE standards, contact SAE Corporate Communications.

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