Accession Number : ADA112475

Title :   Visual Technology Research Simulator (VTRS) Human Performance Research: Phase III.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 May 80-30 Nov 81,

Corporate Author : CANYON RESEARCH GROUP INC WESTLAKE VILLAGE CA

Personal Author(s) : Lintern,G ; Nelson,B E ; Sheppard,D J ; Westra,D P ; Kennedy,R S

PDF Url : ADA112475

Report Date : Nov 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : This report summarizes the research projects for which Canyon Research Group, Inc. has a major responsibility under the Visual Technology Research Simulator (VTRS) Human Performance Research Contract. The basic research approach has been multifactor and much of the experimental preparations involved demonstration of the feasibility of efficient multifactor designs. Multifactor performance and transfer studies have been completed. Other work has involved the investigation of unconventional visual displays for flight training, automatic freeze techniques for carrier landing instruction, and descent rate cuing as an aid to glideslope tracking for carrier landings. Work has also continued on the development of performance measurement and statistical analysis capabilities. Common emphases of the experimental program were that disparate and generally costly equipment features were studied experimentally in pilots making carrier landings. The general findings were that: practice effects were small; main effects of equipment features modest; some display principles improve performance; and individual differences were reliable and large. The importance of fidelity for other purposes (e.g., pilot acceptance, realism) is problematic.

Descriptors :   *Visual perception, *Display systems, *Flight simulators, Performance(Human), Flight training, Experimental design, Carrier landings, Glide slope, Tracking

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE