informational overload.” When one has more information than he needs to complete a task, the excess information just floats around in the brain and sometimes causes a convolution of the thought process, resulting in slower responses to a stimulus or no response at all. Both of these situations can be catastrophic in the manipulation of an airplane full of passengers or cargo. In most instances, the pilot will recognize what is happening and will make the necessary adjustments to bring himself back under control.When pilots are learning how to fly in IFR conditions, most instructors will ensure that frequently the pilot will be distracted by one thing or another and a normal approach will just not happen. This scene is played out simply as an effort to get the pilot thinking while under a stressful situation as this is where a majority of the statistics begin to pile up against the pilots.When HUDs (Heads up Displays) began appearing on various types of airplanes, much was learned about the inability of the pilots to keep their heads up. Even with the information being displayed on the windscreen, the pilots began to look back into the panel just to make sure what they were seeing on the windscreen was the same information that was on the panel. Visual Perception and NextGen Flight Decks.
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