Development of Visual Aids to Alleviate Spatial Disorientation During Takeoff and Landing
TECHNOLOGY INC SAN ANTONIO TX LIFE SCIENCES DIV
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The concept for a ground based visual aid to help alleviate spatial disorientation during takeoff and landing approaches has been developed. The proposed device consists of a 23 mile diameter circle of 12 lights mounted at least two miles from the end of the runway. This array has the appearance of a flat ellipse during most of the departure phase of flight. The relative degree of spatial disorientation hazard associated with a particular runway has been researched. A device has been designed and built with which to assess such hazards. The device is designated a visibility meter. In addition, a tentative design for visibility markers to aid in determining horizontal visibility was proposed. Modified author abstract Portions of this document are not fully legible.