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10.44 Information Processing

10.44.2 Identify the human sensors pilots depend on for information acquisition. 

Pilots rely on a variety of human sensors for information acquisition, including:


1. Vision:

Pilots rely heavily on their visual sense to gather information about their surroundings, including the position and movement of other aircraft, terrain, and weather conditions.


2. Hearing:

Pilots also use their auditory sense to gather information, such as the sound of engines, radio communications, and warning signals.


3. Touch:

Pilots use their sense of touch to feel the aircraft's movements and vibrations, which can provide information about the aircraft's performance and stability.


4. Proprioception: ('seat of your pants')

Pilots use their proprioceptive sense to perceive the position and movement of their own bodies, which is important for maintaining balance and orientation in the cockpit.


5. Vestibular: (inner ear)

Pilots use their vestibular sense to perceive motion, acceleration, and orientation, which is important for maintaining spatial awareness and balance during flight.

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