NASA Langley Research Center


First established as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1917, NASA Langley Research Center was the first NASA installation and is home to over one hundred years of technical research. Today, NASA Langley continues to make paramount contributions to aerospace, atmospheric, and space technologies.
Representing NASA Langley is the Crew State Monitoring team, whose research was spurred by findings from a Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) investigation. The CAST study of 18 LOC-I commercial aviation accidents and incidents between 2001 and 2010 determined that issues with flight crew attention were involved in all of the 18 events. Since 2015, the Crew State Monitoring team has been developing and validating methods to detect and measure performance limiting cognitive states in commercial aviation pilots. Objective assessment of these mental states uses physiological and behavioral sensors. The data gathered from these sensors powers a tool flight instructors may use in the training context.


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