Pilot State Monitoring Requirements for Medical Certification Special Issuance

This research project is motivated by the need to align pilot medical certification with advanced concepts that require monitoring of the pilot’s physiological state. In the near future, the pilot’s state will be an input to the human-machine system that can respond by changes in automation level. This project will identify the physiological signals associated with a pilot incapacitation event and identify existing, mature sensor technologies capable of detecting these signals. Subsequent work will identify those sensor technologies most suitable for inclusion in the commercial aviation flight deck, conduct a market survey/environmental scan for incapacitation detection algorithms, and recommend a sensor array and algorithm for human-in-the-loop studies.