Accession Number : ADP006094

Title :   Fighter Pilot Performance during Airborne and Simulator Missions: Physiological Comparisons,

Corporate Author : ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)

Personal Author(s) : Skelly, June J. ; Purvis, Bradley ; Wilson, Glenn

Report Date : FEB 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The growing importance of simulators for training, research, and certification focuses attention on how little we know about whether the behavioral outcomes obtained in a simulator really represent the operational situation. The research reported in this paper addresses this issue, and proposes the use of physiological measures to examine the correspondence between pilot responses during actual missions and comparable simulated missions. Physiological measures of electrical brain activity, heart rate, and eye movements were taken while pilots flew tactical training missions in both the A-7 aircraft and simulator. These measures did discriminate between: (a) flight position (wing vs. lead), (b) actual and simulated flight, (c) type of mission event (e.g., takeoff, maneuvers, weapons delivery, etc.), and (d) individual pilots. (js)

Descriptors :   *AIRBORNE, *PILOTS, BRAIN, ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES, EYE MOVEMENTS, FLIGHT, FLIGHT SIMULATION, HEART RATE, JET FIGHTERS, MILITARY TRAINING, MISSIONS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PHYSIOLOGY, POSITION(LOCATION), RESPONSE, SIMULATION, SIMULATORS, TACTICAL WARFARE, TAKEOFF, WEAPON DELIVERY, WINGS.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE