mode, thereby maintaining familiarity with the system and preserving the operator's cognitive ability and baseline skill level.
One direction for future research would be to solicit experienced young and old pilots and subject them to similar high workload, multi-task situations. A serious potential confound with most research performed in this area is that the subject pool includes a mixture of both pilots and non-pilots. Restricting the subject pool to pilots only would eliminate this potential confound and allow meaningful examination of interactions between age, workload and expertise. A potential application of this research would be to determine if the FAA's "Age 60" rule has any merit. The FAA has enforced the "Age 60" rule which effectively prevents a pilot from flying a commercial aircraft as of age 60. If older and younger pilots were to exhibit similar performance on monitoring of automation failures, this could potentially refute the validity of the "Age 60' rule. As mentioned previously, since the fastest growing segment of the population is the elderly population and proliferation of automation and technology shows no indication of slowing, further research in this area is needed.
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