Accession Number : ADM000744

Title :   British Army Air Corps In-Flight Spatial Disorientation Demonstration Sortie (Videorecording).

Corporate Author : ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Physical description: 1 VHS video; 1/2 in.; col.; sd.; mono; 5 1/2 mins.; standard playback sp. Following didactic instruction, most aircrew are able to experience some of the disorientating illusions and limitations of the orientational senses in a variety of ground-based devices. In order to reinforce instruction in spatial disorientation (SD) within the environment in which they operate, British Army Corps helicopter pilots also receive an airborne demonstration of the limitations of their orientation senses. Since 1982, a specific SD sortie has been programmed towards the end of the basic rotary-wing phase of flight training approximately 6 weeks after the aeromedical training module, and before students commence rotary-wing instrument flight training. Refresher sorties are flown every 4 years. This video recording describes the conduct of the SD sortie. Analysis of helicopter accidents demonstrates that this training is operationally effective by contributing towards the reduction of SD related mishaps. It is cost-effective, and the addition of this type of in-flight demonstration to the aeromedical training syllabus is regarded as being of great value to British Army helicopter aircrew. Similar instruction could be readily adopted by other services.

Descriptors :   *VIDEO TAPES, *CASSETTES, *PHYSIOLOGICAL DISORIENTATION, *PILOTS, *UNITED KINGDOM, FLIGHT TRAINING, HELICOPTERS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), DEMONSTRATIONS, INSTRUMENT FLIGHT, AVIATION ACCIDENTS, AVIATION SAFETY, INFLIGHT.

Subject Categories : Recording and Playback Devices
      Stress Physiology
      Helicopters

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE