The Preliminary Application of Observer XT(12.0) in a Pilot-Behavior Study

  • Ruishan SunEmail author
  • Guanchao Zhang
  • Zhibo Yuan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10906)


In order to study pilots’ behavior characteristics, two pilots of a certain airline were selected as research subjects. Two typical tasks in recurrent training were selected for the experimental scene. One was an aerodrome-traffic pattern under a normal situation; the other was an aerodrome-traffic pattern in the case of a large crosswind. Using multi-angle video recording, all details of the two pilots’ operation in the training simulator (B737-800) were recorded completely. Using Noldus’s Observer XT 12.0, a preliminary analysis of typical operational behaviors was performed, including the control behaviors of the pitch, yaw, and roll movement, as well as the throttle lever movement. The coding scheme and the data visualization of these behaviors were also presented. Finally, combing the statistics, a depth-comparison analysis of these behavior characteristics was conducted in terms of many aspects, including mean duration, total number, rate per minute, percentage of total duration, and so on. The results show that the pilot’s pitch and roll controls have larger differences in mean duration, total number, rate per minute, and percentage of total duration; however, there were no significant differences in other behaviors between tasks.


Pilots’ behavior characteristics The Observer XT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute of Civil Aviation SafetyCivil Aviation University of ChinaTianjinChina

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