Lightweight Pilot Helmets: The Issue of Weight Versus Protection.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study addresses the problem of reducing the weight of pilot helmets while retaining relevant protective qualities. Existing helmet development standards are synthesized and compared in light of compatability, objectivity and standardization. The issue of decreased protection, as a result of weight reduction, is discussed in view of pilot opinion, accident experience, contemporary reserach and recent compromises in helmet development. The investigation reveals distinct ambiguities in helmet development standards and incongruities between standards. The study recommends the deletion of penetration standards since they are incompatible with imapct standards and prevent industry from using new materials to achieve light weight. Further, the study proposes a change to military specification MIL-H-83147 USAF that reflects the deletion of penetration standards and recognizes current technological developments. Authro
- Protective Equipment