Student Naval Aviation Extended Reality Device Capability Evaluation
Technical Report,01 Oct 2018,30 Sep 2019
Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division Orlando United States
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The Navy is considering Virtual and Mixed Reality VRMR Part-Task Trainers PTTs to supplement existing naval aviation curricula. In support of this initiative, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division Research Psychologists conducted a device capability evaluation to explore the potential for four VRMR devices to improve student pilot knowledge and performance. The evaluation included the Pilot Training Next PTN T-6B VR-PTTs, two T-45C VR-PTTs, and a Mixed Reality Visual System. In-person and online questionnaires were employed to collect student reaction and simulator sickness data. Although device utilization was infrequent, students reported them as useful for building a sight picture in spite of low realism and clarity. The PTN VR-PTT was reported as useful for Contacts training, while the T-45C devices were reported as useful for Familiarization and multiple stages of Formation. Data from the students training events in the aircraft served as performance measures. T-6B VR-PTT usage was not associated with performance, but there were positive relations between T-45C device usage and performance. Simulator sickness returned to baseline levels within one hour after usage. Detailed VRMR training implementation recommendations are provided, such as investing in development of higher-acuity headsets, more accurate flight models, and personnel support of device usage.
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