One approach to overcome those limit is the pilot assistance system, an integrated system which combines all required assistance functions under a single HMI. A key feature of such systems are situation assessment functions which allow automatic reaction in critical situations. This feature greatly reduces pilot workload in situations where support is most needed and where conventional systens require too much input, since they don't recognize the situation and therefore are unable to derive the requiered actions themselves.
The Intelligent Pilot Assistant is developed at the
For the Intelligent Pilot Assistant a generic architecture based on object oriented methods and providing templates for function modukes has been developed that sgnificantly reduces development and integration costs for new assistant functions. Based on this architecture, assistant systems for a civil Free Flight scenario and for military helicopter missions respectively are being developed. In the near future, the functionality of the civil system will be expanded to include full gate-to-gate assistance functions.