1994-10-01

Flight Deck Automation: Problems and Concerns as Reported in the Aviation Safety Reporting System 942094

Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) reports were analyzed to identify flight deck operational problems related to aircraft automation systems, particularly those problems that may be exacerbated by the addition of data link systems. Four major automation problem groups were discovered (Automation Failure, Programming Errors, Distraction- Programming, and Mismanagement-Confusion). Also, several automation-induced errors were identified (e.g., runway incursions and altitude deviations).
The reports are classified by attributes such as automation system and flight error. Each automation group is discussed, and based on a limited sample of reports, conclusions are drawn; with respect to data link, potential positive and negative impacts are described.

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