Course paper / final thesis

Evaluation of Electronic Flight Bags - a Human Factors Approach

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Duration of contract

6 months

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Your mission:

When Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) were first introduced in the cockpit, their major purpose was to replace documents and paper forms which were previously stored in the aircraft or carried by the pilots. Since the early 2000s commercial airlines have been introducing EFBs in their normal flight operations and they are quickly becoming multi-function devices that allow pilots to calculate aircraft performance figures, display aeronautical charts, access checklists, etc.

Being a relatively new addition to the cockpit, there is not much data available in the literature regarding the impact that EFBs are having, especially when used for complex tasks performed under high workload phases of flights. As airlines and aircraft manufacturers seek approval to expand the scope of operational uses of the EFB, it is important to perform an assessment from a human factors perspective.

You will conduct an exploratory study to assess how EFBs are affecting workload in the cockpit. Usability and acceptance matters should also be considered.

Examples of tasks include:

  • set up a small focus group of pilots (or alternatively, individual interviews) to collect information about the use of EFBs under high workload, map key areas for further research and narrow down potential issues
  • develop and administer a questionnaire to a larger group of pilots to extend and quantify the previous findings
  • suggest some solutions to the problems identified 
  • suggest some topics for further research on EFB, including desired new features or applications

Your qualifications:

  • study background in aerospace engineering, aviation psychology or related fields
  • basic knowledge of cockpit sytems
  • very good spoken and written English

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. We are striving to increase the proportion of female employees and therefore particularly welcome applications from women. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Technical contact

Dr. Ana Paz Goncalves Martins
Institute of Flight Guidance

Phone: +49 531 295-2597

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