As far back as WWII, psychologists were considering how the layout of displays and controls in an aircraft cockpit could help optimise human performance. In cockpit development, the user needs considering from physiological, behavioural and cognitive perspectives and the assessment methodologies need to be able to help define, agree, specify and certify all aspects of the cockpit design with respect to these. This talk gives an overview of usability design and testing for the harsh environment of fast jet cockpits and discusses how new developments in technologies such as controls, displays and automation are challenging traditional processes.
Suzy Broadbent is Human Factors Lead for Research and Technology at BAE Systems Air in Warton, Preston. Having previously worked in Human Factors in the rail industry she has spent the last 10 years working on a number of Fast Jets such as Tornado, Typhoon and F-35. In her current role in the Research and Technology team, she is leading work on subjects such as concepts of control, novel HMI technologies and psychophysiology for Future Combat Air Systems. She is a Chartered Ergonomist and a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CErg, FErgS).