A PROSPECTUS OF PILOT FACTORS IN DATA LINK AT THE FAA TECHNICAL CENTER 901884
Data link is the FAA's response to increases in air traffic communications. Data link can become a highly capable and quality tool for the National Airspace System (NAS) if a SYSTEMS CENTERED DESIGN APPROACH is taken. EVERY element must be carefully analyzed, designed and integrated as critical components of the NAS.
Pilot performance in the NAS will be one of the keys to a quality system; tools must be provided that complement their experience, skills, and knowledge. The equipment must be ancillary to the pilots, not vice versa; equipment must be oriented towards solving problems without creating more or different kinds of problems.