Assessment of Simulated Spatial Disorientation Scenarios in Training U.S. Army Aviators
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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Spatial disorientation SD is considered to be present when a pilot fails to perceive the position, motion, or attitude of hisher aircraft with respect to the gravitational vertical or surrounding objects. The results of SD in flight may be disastrous. The limitation of ground based training to raise the aviators awareness of SD is widely acknowledged. A proposal was therefore raised to develop SD scenarios for presentation in a visual flight simulator. The scenarios were developed using accident summaries from the U.S. Army Safety Center USASC, Fort Rucker, Alabama, which were reviewed for suitable content. These were then presented as a series of scripts from which a trainer could reproduce the situation in a visual flight simulator. The resulting scenarios were presented to 30 experienced aviators who completed questionnaire evaluations after each scenario and an overall evaluation.
- Statistics and Probability
- Stress Physiology
- Safety Engineering