Coalition Warfare Program Tactile Situation Awareness System for Aviation Applications: System Development
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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This report describes further development efforts concerning a Tactile Situation Awareness System TSAS. TSAS is a garment containing vibrotactile stimulators that provide aircraft flight control feedback to the torso. TSAS is intended to assist aviators by reducing workload, increasing situation awareness, and reducing the likelihood of brownout mishaps. During simulation and flight tests, pilots using TSAS have demonstrated the ability to non-visually hover helicopters, while consistently reporting reduced workload and increased situation awareness. The current effort enlarged the surface area of the garment to extend the capability beyond hovering to include complete forward flight control pitch and roll so that the technology could be transitioned to the helicopter pilot community and effect a reduction of brownout mishaps. This report describes the delivery of this new suite of capabilities, including the cueing garments, avionics interfaces, and software compatible with military helicopter platforms.
- Flight Control and Instrumentation