Tolerance, Fatigue, Physiological and Performance Effects of Sustained and Oscillating Lateral Acceleration,
AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The advent of six degree of freedom aircraft such as the AFTIF-16 has necessitated the conduct of the performance oriented research on the effects of sustained and oscillating lateral acceleration or - Gy. This paper reviews the literature of classical tolerance research in lateral acceleration as a basis for the recent centrifuge research performed at the Air Force Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory. Issues of pilot restraint, biodynamic control cross-coupling, fatigue, body positioning, and pilot performance sensitivity to lateral acceleration are discussed. The results of this research are presented in the context of operational cockpit requirements with implications for the design and performance of future six degree of freedom fighter aircraft.