Assessment of Crew Workload for the RAH-66 Comanche Force Development Experiment 1

Report No. ARL-TN-183
Authors: David B. Durbin
Date/Pages: October 2001; 63 pages
Abstract: Crew workload was assessed during the RAH-66 Comanche Force Development Experiment (FDE) 1. The purpose was to determine if (a) the pilots experienced tolerable and comparable workload levels when flying the aircraft versus operating the mission equipment package (MEP), and (b) workload levels contribute to a need to "battle roster" Comanche pilots. Workload data were collected via the Bedford Workload Rating Scale and a cockpit controls and displays usability questionnaire. Results of the assessment indicate that (a) workload was tolerable for the pilots, (b) workload was moderately higher for the pilots when they operated the MEP, and (c) there is no compelling need to prescribe battle rostering because pilots experienced only moderate differences in workload when they flew the aircraft versus when they operated the MEP.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: October 1, 2001