Accession Number : ADA302855

Title :   Proceedings of a Workshop on the Life Support and Physiological Issues of Flight at 60,000 Feet and Above: Raising the Operational Ceiling Held at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas on 13-15 June 1995.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH CREW SYSTEMS DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Pilmanis, Andrew A. ; Sears, William J.

PDF Url : ADA302855

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 393

Abstract : The altitude ceiling for selected high performance aircraft, e.g., the F-22 and Eurofighter 2000 has been raised from 50,000 to 60,000 feet The impact of this change is complex and could impose decisive limitations with regard to crew safety issues. Detailed exposure limits, specifications and standards are required for the development of life support equipment, operational procedures, plans and training programs for exposure to these high altitude conditions. Developing these limits, specifications and standards requires a comprehensive research database for effective solutions. Over forty key individuals were brought together for a three day workshop at the Armstrong Laboratory, Brooks AFB, Texas on 13 to 15 June 1995, to discuss, coordinate and provide initial input for tracking life Support interrelationships which might have the potential to evolve into an operational limits database. The objectives of the workshop were to encourage direct discussion across disciplines by: (1) outlining the rationale for operating at higher altitudes as well as current life support equipment capabilities under development; (2) reviewing and integrating the physiological and life support requirements for increasing the operational altitude; (3) establishing limitations, additional research and equipment requirements and trade studies and; (4) providing a timely publication covering relevant issues to prevent crew safety from becoming a limiting factor in future high altitude operations.

Descriptors :   *FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, *HYPOXIA, *PHYSIOLOGY, *LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, *DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS, *PRESSURE BREATHING, DATA BASES, REQUIREMENTS, COMMERCE, HIGH RATE, AIRCRAFT, EXPOSURE(GENERAL), TRAINING, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), TRACKING, LIMITATIONS, CREWS, SAFETY, HIGH ALTITUDE, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, ALTITUDE, TEXAS, WORKSHOPS, CEILING.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE