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Examining Human Factors Challenges of Sustainable Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Operations
Advances in Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems (2016)
  • Clint R. Balog, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Brent A. Terwilliger, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Dennis A. Vincenzi, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • David C. Ison, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) represent a significant instrument for improving task efficiency and effectiveness across numerous industries and operational environments. However, concern has grown regarding potentially irresponsible operation and public apprehension to potential privacy loss. These concerns, combined with unique sUAS human factors challenges, may lead to unwanted and dangerous results, including reduction of safety, property damage, and loss of life. Such challenges include lack of command, control, and communication (C3) standardization; detection, tracking, and managing operations; and human perceptual and cognitive issues. Issues and concerns could be significant barriers to permitting routine and sustainable operations in the National Airspace System (NAS), but by closely examining these factors may be possible to devise strategies to better support future application. This exploratory study seeks to provide a review of relevant exigent literature as well as condense findings into sets of recommendations and guidelines for human factors in sUAS adoption and use.
  • small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS),
  • C3 (command control and communication),
  • human-machine interface (HMI),
  • UAS human factors
Publication Date
July 2, 2016
Pamela Savage-Knepshield and Jessie Chen
Springer International Publishing
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Publisher Statement
Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, July 27-31, 2016, Walt Disney World, Florida.
Citation Information
Clint R. Balog, Brent A. Terwilliger, Dennis A. Vincenzi and David C. Ison. "Examining Human Factors Challenges of Sustainable Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Operations" BerlinAdvances in Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems Vol. 499 (2016) p. 61 - 73
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