Accession Number : AD0660005

Title :   STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF EQUIPMENT FOR SIMULATING BLIND FLYING. PHASE B. FIELD SURVEY.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH PITTSBURGH PA

Personal Author(s) : Fitzpatrick, Robert ; Flanagan, John C.

Report Date : APR 1949

Pagination or Media Count : 131

Abstract : In order to determine the important areas of agreement and disagreement concerning simulated blind flying equipment, a questionnaire was administered to 143 Navy pilots at two air stations. Information about usage of the equipment, evaluations of various systems, and difficulties with and desired improvements in the Blue-Amber system were obtained on the basis of actual flying experience. The most-used systems were found to be Regular Blue-Amber, SNJ Hood, and Multi-Engine Hood. Four systems are probably at least acceptable to almost all pilots: (1) Cardboard Beak - safe in most respects and easy to use, though probably not applicable in all situations. (2) SNJ Hood - simple and adaptable, though not applicable to multi-engine planes. (3) Venetian Blind - comfortable for fliers and amenable to development, though of doubtful safety and applicable only to multi-engine aircraft. (4) Regular Blue-Amber - especially helpful in developing instrument flying proficiency, though difficult to use properly and of doubtful safety. (Author)

Descriptors :   *INSTRUMENT FLIGHT), (*FLIGHT SIMULATORS, PILOTS, QUESTIONNAIRES, ACCEPTABILITY, VISIBILITY, AVIATION SAFETY, EYEGLASSES, COLORS, WINDSHIELDS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE