Simulator Sickness in the UH-60 (Black Hawk) Flight Simulator
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory conducted field studies of operational flight simulators to assess the incidence and severity of simulator sickness. Simulator sickness here refers to the constellation of motion sickness related symptoms that occur in simulators due to visual representation, motion base representation, or combination of the two representations of flight. The incidence rates and relative frequency of specific symptoms are presented. Correlational factors such as recent simulator experience, current state of health, overall flight expereience, mission scenario, and flight dynamics are presented. This report ranks the Armys flight simulators in comparision to the 10 Navy simulators studied by the Naval training systems Center, Orlando, Florida. The study further reinforces the need for studies to understand perceptual rearrangement, adaptationreadaptation, and pilot susceptibility to the effects of simulation. Design criteria for simulators, as well as those training guidelines necessary to cope with this phenomenon also must be addressed.
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