Accession Number:

ADA231759

Title:

Formulative Evaluation Study of a Prototype Near-Infrared Projection System: Night Vision Goggle Study

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. Aug-Dec 1988

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

U.S. Army Aviation relies upon image intensifiers, such as night vision goggles NVGs, for night nap-of-the-earth NOE flight. During initial flight training, OH-58 student pilots are expected to apply academic knowledge of NVG use in flight after limited review. To facilitate OH-58 students transition to NVG flight, researchers projected images through a prototype near- infrared IR video projection system. Helicopter pilot students received hands- on experience with the ANPVS-5A NVGs, which are compatible with the projection systems output range. Instructor pilots rated OH-58 students flight performance throughout the nightNVG phase of instruction. A strong positive effect on students confidence increase and anxiety decrease levels were observed. No difference in flight performance was observed between matched pairs experimental vs. control of students. Additional research is planned in the areas of safety of flight, terrain navigation, special operations, mission planning, and threat recognition.

Subject Categories:

  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE