Accession Number : ADA117917

Title :   A Pilot Study of Human Factors in SAR.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Apr 80-May 82,

Corporate Author : COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT

Personal Author(s) : Remondini,D I ; Light,M ; Everson,M L ; Nash,L ; Good,D L

PDF Url : ADA117917

Report Date : May 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : During three visual detection experiments, the USCG R&D Center collected human factors information. Various human factor parameters thought intuitively to affect the performance of a lookout were measured and analyzed. These included experience level, time on watch, amount of sleep, and lookout position. In addition, Hidden Pattern and Figure Tests were administered to the lookout subjects in these studies. This report presents the results of this pilot study. Lookout subjects from HH-3F and HH-52A helicopters, 82-ft patrol boats (WPBs), 210-ft medium endurance cutters (WMECs), and 41-ft small utility boats (UTBs) were included. Time on watch was found to have a marked influence on performance of lookouts on surface units. A marginal relationship was found between test scores and performance. Data from an experiment dedicated to human factors parameters is necessary for a proper investigation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Human factors engineering, *Sleep, *Vigilance, *Vision, Pilot studies, Watch(Duty), Observers, Helicopters, Patrol craft

Subject Categories : Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE