Accession Number : ADP006915

Title :   Flight Simulator-Induced Sickness and Visual Systems Evaluation,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB WILLIAMS AFB AZ AIRCREW TRAINING RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s) : Warner, Harold D. ; Serfoss, Gary L. ; Baruch, Todd M. ; Hubbard, David C.

Report Date : 17 APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This investigation was conducted to compare the incidence and severity of simulator sickness between two flight simulator visual systems and two groups of pilots. Both visual systems were found to produce an increase in simulator sickness symptomology, and some pilots terminated the simulator sessions due to severe discomfort. Of the pilots who completed the simulator sessions, simulator sickness symptomatology significantly increased over the sessions. There were no differences in the measures of simulator sickness between the two visual systems or groups. The pilots recovered from the adverse effects of the simulation within 30 minutes following the sessions. Simulator-induced sickness has been found to occur in conjunction with the use of various military flight trainers (e.g., Kennedy, Lilienthal, Berbaum, Baltzley, and McCauley, 1989). The percentage of users that have experienced simulator sickness symptomatology have ranged from 11 to 88 percent, depending upon the simulator (Casali and Frank, 1988). The symptoms of simulator sickness that were observed included: eyestrain, headaches, dizziness, sweating, drowsiness, and nausea.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT SIMULATORS, *MOTION SICKNESS, FLIGHT, HEADACHES, NAUSEA, PERSPIRATION, PILOTS, SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, SIMULATION, SIMULATORS.

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE