Thales announces solution for pilot performance monitoring

Flight instructors have traditionally trained aircraft pilots in simulators by focusing solely on completion of maneuvers, technique and procedures. The performance measurements are based on the completion of these maneuvers and on the instructor’s subjective assessment.

HuMans is the result of years of research conducted by Thales with experts in neuroscience and medicine, high-level engineers, and mathematicians.
HuMans is the result of years of research conducted by Thales with experts in neuroscience and medicine, high-level engineers, and mathematicians. Thales Photo
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This concept is no longer appropriate as a simple indicator, due to the complexities of modern operations and automation systems, coupled with the significant attribution of serious incidents and accidents to human factors causes.

Benefiting from the latest advances in non-invasive sensors and monitoring devices, HuMans, Thales’ Human Performance Monitoring solution is a new methodology and pedagogical tool that estimates pilots’ mental workload in real time and in an objective manner.

The tool is integrated into Thales’s renowned Reality H full-flight simulator: the simulator cockpit is equipped with cameras and sensors to monitor and record the simulation data, mission environment, audio communications, the trainee’s actions on flight controls and most importantly, the trainee’s gaze tracking. The data acquired during the exercise are synchronized, contextualized with the simulator data and with the progress of the flight mission and finally, processed through innovative and effective models.

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HuMans is the result of years of research conducted by Thales with experts in neuroscience and medicine, high-level engineers, and mathematicians.

HuMans’ tremendous added value lies in an objective evaluation of the trainee that can be used for real-time feedback during the training session, as well as detailed and objective inputs for debriefing purposes.

“There has been a long search for a shift in balance between the pure traditional “checking” and more objective assessment for effective training,” said Benoit Plantier, VP of training and simulation at Thales. “With HuMans, an ‘Evidence Based Training’ tool, we are finally able to transform the way pilots are trained, in a way that’s entirely transparent and non-invasive.”

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