Accession Number : ADA119237

Title :   Pursuit Rotor Tracking Performance in Conjunction with Extended Flight Operations in a Helicopter Simulator.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Personal Author(s) : Stone,Lewis W ; Krueger,Gerald P ; Holt,William R

PDF Url : ADA119237

Report Date : Aug 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : Six US Army Initial Entry Rotary Wing School graduates participated as subjects in a week-long study to examine the effects of extended simulated helicopter operations on pursuit tracking skills. Using a photoelectric rotary pursuit device, three fixed patterns (a square, a circle, and a triangle) were presented to each subject three times daily for 5 days. An analysis of the results revealed a significant difference in subject performance between patterns. It also revealed a statistically significant difference in performance over days on one of the patterns--the triangle. The thread woven through these results seemed to be one of the relative complexity. It suggested that the effects of sustained operations interfered with the aviator's ability to fully integrate his mental and psychomotor skills in order to meet the requirements of a more complex task.

Descriptors :   *TRACKING, *FLIGHT SIMULATORS, HELICOPTERS, ARMY AIRCRAFT, PILOTS, PSYCHOMOTOR TESTS, PATTERNS, PERFORMANCE TESTS

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE