Synthetic Speech and Visual Data Communication for Flight Deck Use

The objective of this research is to address the human factors issues of implementing Data Comm with a synthetic speech component on the flight deck as a means of optimizing communications between air traffic controllers (ATC) and pilots. The research will specifically focus on how a synthetic speech system can reduce pilots' need to focus attention heads down on the flight deck, reduce workload, and enhance situation awareness. The researchers will also examine levels of conformity with a synthetic speech system compared to Data Comm only messages. The research will use Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATD) and/or Flight Training Devices (FTD) that incorporate a visual data communication interface that uses the latest Data Comm message set for communications with ATC. In order to evaluate synthetic speech, the researchers will develop a prototype visual data communication interface, hereafter referred to as the visual digital display device, that pilots will use to respond to Data Comm messages in both text and synthetic voice will serve as an experimental apparatus for examining digital communication issues in a simulated flight setting.

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    • Program Information: Aviation Grants


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Project Managers:

    Herschler, Dan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    600 S. Clyde Morris Boulevard
    Daytona Beach, Fl  United States  32114
  • Start Date: 20100901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120811
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30202

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01480011
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 2010-G-021
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2013 1:01AM