Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The comparative benefits and hazards of EFBs and paper documents in the cockpit
by Sweet, John, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 99; 10111166
Abstract (Summary)

Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) are devices that replace the traditional paper documents used by pilots for pre-flight planning and in-flight operations. Simulation studies have found faster information retrieval times, higher situational awareness, and reduced workload on EFBs compared to paper resources, but it is unclear whether this is true for all EFB systems in any flight condition. Archival studies have uncovered issues among pilots using performance calculation software and electronic charts due to a lack of training and modification to flight deck procedures with EFBs. This study compared reports from the ASRS across categorical variables such as human factors issues, outcome, function in use, and phase of flight. The results showed that the most significant human factors issues relating to EFBs were a lack of training, distraction/workload, and inhibited access to information. Crew members consistently ran into difficulty with the zooming/panning feature of EFBs, especially on touchscreen displays.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Strybel, Thomas Z.
Commitee: Battiste, Vernol, Vu, Kim-Phuong L.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology
Publication Number: 10111166
ISBN: 978-1-339-74376-9
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