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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. Proprioceptors: ('seat of your pants')

Proprioceptors provide information about body position and movement.
Such sensations give us information about muscle tension, the position and tension of our joints, and equilibrium.

These receptors are located in muscles, tendons, joints, and the internal ear.

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