Accession Number : AD0448067


Title :   SIMULATION AND EFFECTS OF SEVERE TURBULENCE ON JET AIRLINE PILOTS


Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA AVIATION MEDICAL ACCELERATION LAB


Personal Author(s) : Ragland, Jr , Stuart ; Chambers, Randall M ; Crosbie, Richard J ; Hitchcock, Jr, Lloyd


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/448067.pdf


Report Date : 13 Aug 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : The AMAL Human Centrifuge was used to simulate air turbulence conditions which had been recorded on a Boeing 720-B aircraft during severe turbulence in the cirrus portion of a thunderstorm. Techniques for simulating these conditions on the human centrifuge are reported, and the effectiveness of these simulations is evaluated. Ten commercial airline pilots, and five other volunteers flew these simulations, and the results of their evaluations of the centrifuge simulations are reported. Significant effects on some aspects of piloting performance are reported. Effects on pitch and roll error performance, and on control stick reversals, are evaluated. The effects on visual performance, and kinesthetic sensations are reported by the pilots, are discussed. It is concluded that the human centrifuge and its computer control is an effective system for simulating the turbulence environment.


Descriptors :   *ATMOSPHERIC MOTION , *TURBULENCE , *PILOTS , COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , ACCELERATION , ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE , CENTRIFUGES , AVIATION ACCIDENTS , JET TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT , VISION , PERCEPTION , PSYCHOMOTOR TESTS , THUNDERSTORMS , REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , AVIATION MEDICINE , PITCH(MOTION) , ILLUSIONS , SIMULATION , ROLL


Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Meteorology
      Fluid Mechanics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE