Human Factors in Heads Up Displays

Human Factors in Heads Up Displays

HUMAN FACTORS IN HEADS UP DISPLAYS

From the first Wright flight to today?s high performance aircraft there has been one common piece of hardware, the pilot and their unmatched human abilities. In today?s aircraft though, a huge influx of cockpit information coupled with the most crowded skies in aviation history it is not uncommon for aircraft to highlight the lapse of or lack of human ability. With this in mind aviation has begun an all out battle in combating the limiting human factors in aviation, while maximizing the beneficial human factors. The Heads Up Display or HUD is proving itself to be one of the prime time players. HUD?s have came along way from their maiden flights ? in military applications back in WWII as illuminated gun and bomb sights?(Professional Pilot, Oct 1998, P. 82) to today?s sophisticated devices with holographic data displays.
Heads Up Display?s are compromised of four major components. These components are a central computer, control unit, overhead projector and holographic combining lens, which together provide the pilot with an approximate 30-degree by 25-degree field of view. ?HUD?s range from simple field of vision repeaters of flight instrument readouts? (Professional Pilot,

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