Accession Number : ADA328767

Title :   An Evaluation of Advanced Multisensory Display Concepts for use in Future Tactical Aircraft.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. for Mar 95-Jun 96,

Corporate Author : LOGICON TECHNICAL SERVICES INC DAYTON OH

Personal Author(s) : Haas, Michael W. ; Beyer, Steven L. ; Dennis, Leon B. ; Brickman, Bart J. ; Hettinger, Lawrence J.

PDF Url : ADA328767

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 222

Abstract : Pilots from three NATO countries participated in simulated air combat scenarios in which they either flew a conventional cockpit, consisting of F-16/F-15 type cockpit displays, or a virtually-augmented cockpit, consisting of advanced head down/head up displays, helmet mounted displays/trackers, 3 dimensional auditory displays, and haptic displays. Pilots flew simulated air intercept missions against a four-ship ground attack group supported by two air to air adversary fighters. The pilot flying the principal cockpit was instructed to try to shoot down the ground-attack group and return to a pre-defined safe air space without being shot down by adversary aircraft. The degree to which pilot performance was differentially affected by the conventional versus virtually-augmented cockpit manipulation was assessed using objective and subjective measures including pilot-aircraft lethality/survivability, pilot workload, and pilot situation awareness. Results indicated a significant advantage for the virtually-augmented interface condition in the number of missions won, exchange ratio, mission length, and number of ground strikes. In addition, the performance improvements yielded by the virtually-augmented crew station were realized with enhanced situation awareness and a reduction in workload compared to the conventional crew station. Furthermore, post flight debrief questionnaires produced highly favorable subjective reports from pilots.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TESTING, *MULTISENSORS, *TACTICAL AIRCRAFT, *HELMET MOUNTED DISPLAYS, *HEAD UP DISPLAYS, SCENARIOS, NATO, STATIONS, SIMULATION, RATIOS, SURVIVABILITY, COCKPITS, FLIGHT CREWS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), AIRBORNE, INTERCEPTION, PILOTS, ATTACK, REPORTS, TRACKING, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, THREE DIMENSIONAL, AERIAL WARFARE, MISSIONS, JET FIGHTERS, FLEETS(SHIPS), LETHALITY, WORKLOAD, QUESTIONNAIRES, AWARENESS, AIR TO AIR.

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
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