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System Analysis Report: Human Factors Engineering System Analysis of CF18A Air to Ground Operations

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Technical Report

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The HFE Group Ottawa ON Canada

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The Directorate of Aerospace Requirements DAR 5 IS m the process of upgrading the CF-18A to maintain its technical currency over the next 20 years. Part of this upgrade will be the inclusion of a Helmet Mounted Display HMD with a Night Vision Imaging System NVIS capability. The Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine DCIEM has undertaken an investigation of HMD and NVIS technologies in order to provide DAR with advice on human factors issues that may arise from their use in the CF-18A. The investigation will focus on the Air to Ground role of the CF-18A as this is the most likely role in North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO and coalition activities. The Air to Ground role of the CF-18A also presents a high cognitive demand on the skills and abilities of the pilot. This report is the second of two Human Factors Engineering HFE reports prepared for DCIEM in support of DAR 5. The first report is a Mission Analysis Report of CF-18 Air to Ground Operations and should be read in conjunction with this report. Th1s report provides the detailed results of an HFE study of the employment of the CF-18A in an operational Air to Ground environment. The analysts was conducted without the inclusion of the HMD in order to provide a baseline for assessing the future impact of HMD and NVIS procurements on the modernized fighter. This report includes a Goal Decomposition, Goal Allocation, Operation Sequence Diagrams, Critical Goal Analysts and a Perceptual Control Theory PCT based Information Flow and Processing Analysis. The results of the HFE Analysts will be used to assess the impact of HMD and NVG technologies and the flow of information in the cockpit of the Modernized CF-18A.

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