An Exploration of Simulator Sickness in the MH-60G Operational Flight Trainer, An Advanced Wide Field-of-View Helicopter Trainer.
Final technical rept. Nov 93-Oct 94,
DAYTON UNIV OH RESEARCH INST
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A simulator sickness research effort was undertaken as an important addition to the Qualification Operational Test and Evaluation QOTE for the MH60G Operational Flight Trainer OFT. The primary impetus for the experiment was the configuration of the device wide field of view and limited motion and pilot reports of simulator sickness symptoms during device development. The authors assessed a post-flight simulator sickness symptoms, bprolonged simulator sickness symptoms, and c the effects of simulator sickness on the training provided in the MH60G OFT. Despite limitations of the experimental design and the small sample size, some interesting trends were found. Post-flight simulator sickness symptoms occurred across all types of missions, with greater frequency on more visually dependent scenarios. Only two crewmembers did not report any symptoms. Pilots consistently changed control inputs to lessen the effects of simulator sickness symptoms. Finally, the occurrence of prolonged simulator sickness symptoms was comparatively infrequent. The authors concluded that increased attention must be channeled toward simulator sickness to better understand its origins and effects on training.
- Stress Physiology
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems