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Source: Johnson, E.N. & Pritchett, A.R. (1995). Experimental Study Of Vertical Flight Path Mode Awareness. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Source Type:   Experiment
Synopsis: "An experimental simulator study was run to test pilot deception of an error in autopilot mode selection. Active airline air crew were asked to fly landing approaches by commanding the 'Flight Path Angle' mode while monitoring the approach with both a Head Up Display and Head Down Displays. During one approach, the 'Vertical Speed' mode was intentionally triggered by an experimenter instead, causing a high rate of descent below the intended glide path. Of the 12 pilots, 10 were unable to detect the high descent rate prior to significant glide path deviation."
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