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10.60 Instrumentation, Displays and Alerts

10.60.2 Explain the importance of the following in the design of instrumentation, displays and alerts: 

(a) position 


When it comes to the design of instrumentation, displays, and alerts in aviation, the position of these elements is crucial for:

  • optimising pilot performance,
  • reducing workload, and
  • ensuring the efficient and accurate monitoring of critical information.


1. Visibility and Accessibility: 

The position of instrumentation, displays, and alerts should be carefully considered to ensure optimal visibility and accessibility for the pilot.

Placing them within the pilot's line of sight and within easy reach allows for quick and efficient monitoring and interaction.


2. Ergonomics and Efficiency: 

Proper positioning of instruments and displays enhances ergonomics, reducing the pilot's workload and promoting efficient operation.

Placing commonly used instruments and displays in intuitive locations can help pilots access critical information without unnecessary effort or distraction.


(b) layout 


By carefully designing the layout of instrumentation, displays, and alerts, aircraft manufacturers aim to optimise:

  • information presentation,
  • facilitate quick decision-making, and
  • enhance overall flight safety.
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