Vista NF-16D Programmable Display System Development
Final rept. Mar 97-Mar 98
CALSPAN CORP BUFFALO NY FLIGHT RESEARCH DEPT
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Wright Laboratorys Variable Stability In Flight Simulator Test Aircraft VISTA NV-16D is the newest in flight simulator in the USAF inventory. This unique research aircraft will perform a multitude of missions to evaluate flight characteristics of new aircraft that have not yet flown, to perform research in the areas of flying qualities, flight control design, pilot vehicle interface, weapons and avionics integration, and to train test pilots and engineers. The VISTA is being upgraded to enhance its simulation fidelity and its research capabilities through the addition of a programmable helmet mounted display HMD and head up display HUD in the front cockpit. The programmable helmet mounted display system consists of a GEC Marconi Avionics Viper 2 Helmet Mounted Optics Module integrated with a modified Helmet Integrated Systems Limited HISL HGU-86P helmet, the Honeywell Advanced Metal Tolerant tracker, and a GEC Marconi Avionics Programmable Display Generator. The monocular HMD system is designed for growth to stroke on video, binocular capability. Lessons learned in the VISTA HMD development are reviewed. An outline of the proposed VISTA HMD demonstration flight is given to highlight the VISTA programmable displays system capabilities.
- Research and Experimental Aircraft
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems