Observations of Physiological and Psychological Effects of Terrain Following Flight Based on In-Flight Test Experience,
MESSERSCHMITT-BOELKOW-BLOHM G M B H MUNICH (GERMANY F R)
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A short description of the PANAVIA 200 TORNADO TF-System, Displays and Controls is given. The physiological and psychological effects including monitoring and workload aspects during the current TORNADO IMC-TF test flying described in this paper are a result of interviewing aircrews with a wide variety of individual operational experience. Crew interviews revealed this task to be a high load on the aircrew. Load is a combination of physical and psychic parts, depending on environmental foactors and flight conditions. Crew system confidence is acquired through step by step progression to lowest height and from VMC to IMC-Terrain Following and will be the base for later services operational pretraining. No pathogenic influences have been observed up to now. Investigations continue toward reducing crew workload without decreasing weapon system performance.