Application of Eye Tracking Technology for Pilot Instrument Training

Application of Eye Tracking Technology for Pilot Instrument Training


Seong-min Cho



Dr. Maggie Ma

The pilot instrument is a method how to scanning the aircraft instrument panels and interpretive the information into the flight performance [1]. Due to the unable to evaluate the eye scanning patterns, the instructor has difficult y to evaluate the student’s instrument scanning performance. The eye tracking technology provides an alterative method to present the eye scanning patterns and increase the effectiveness of the class. Applied Science Laboratories (ASL) eyetrack 6000, eye tracking system and xplane, pc-based flight simulator was used to create a preliminary instrument class to estimate how the eye tracking technology improve the class. The preliminary instrument class taught the eye scanning models which are relevant to three basic flight profiles (take off, landing, maneuver) with traditional and glass cockpits. The participant students had three flight evaluation sessions and one introductory class that provide recommend scanning patterns. The recommended eye scanning patterns were developed from four experienced flight instructors’ scanning patterns. A Multimedia Instrument Scan Instruction (MIST) DVD was created and used to present the recommended eye scanning pattern to the student pilots. The participants (n=12) were randomly dived into control and experimental groups. The experimental group experienced the eye tracking system with the methods of observing the recommended scanning patterns and the instructor gave feedback according to their eye scanning patterns. The eye tracking system influence the flight performance (p=0.94) and the experimental group showed more recommended scanning patterns then the control group.