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

PDF Url : AD0660005

Report Date : Apr 1949

Pagination or Media Count : 130

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.

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

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE