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Physiological and Psychological Aspects of the Piloting of Modern High-Performance Combat Aircraft,
ROYAL NETHERLANDS AIR FORCE VOLKEL
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Since 1978 the Royal Netherlands Air Force has gained a lot of experience in handling a totally new aircraft, the F-16, which differs in many aspects from its predecessors. Not only the pilots, but the technicians too, had to adapt themselves to the new aircraft and they learned how to handle entirely new systems. The F-16 is a modern high performance fighter, like the F-14 and the F-15, and has caused problems for the pilots in comparison with former types, the F-104 and the NF-5. The extreme mobility of the aircraft produces not only a high gravity factor as such, but also a rapid G onset rate, by which a number of gravity depending physiological problems have arisen in a very obvious way. Futhermore as a result of many technological innovations applied, i.e. aircrafts electronics, the pilots task has also changed considerably, in particular with respect to the amount of information into the selection, the physiological standards, the training, the supervision and the coaching of the operational pilots. Authors
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