The Effects of Personal Protective Equipment Upon the Arm-Reach Capability of USAF Pilots
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The lack of published arm-reach data on Air Force flight personnel in actual cockpit situations presents manifest difficulties to the cockpit layout specialist. This paper discusses the results of a study to determine the arm- reach capabilities of aircrewmen wearing heavy winter flight clothing, survival equipment, and restraint harnesses. The sample consisted of 16 male subjects currently active Air Defense Command pilots. The subjects were pilots selected to approximate closely the various height-weight categories in the ADC flying population. A specially designed apparatus was constructed to measure arm-reach capability. Each subject was measured under four conditions. The results of the study indicate that there are significant differences in arm- reach capability of pilots while in the shirt-sleeved and maximum flying assembly conditions throughout most of the spatial envelope.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems