Accession Number:

ADP006915

Title:

Flight Simulator-Induced Sickness and Visual Systems Evaluation,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMSTRONG LAB WILLIAMS AFB AZ AIRCREW TRAINING RESEARCH DIV

Report Date:

1992-04-17

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

This investigation was conducted to compare the incidence and severity of simulator sickness between two flight simulator visual systems and two groups of pilots. Both visual systems were found to produce an increase in simulator sickness symptomology, and some pilots terminated the simulator sessions due to severe discomfort. Of the pilots who completed the simulator sessions, simulator sickness symptomatology significantly increased over the sessions. There were no differences in the measures of simulator sickness between the two visual systems or groups. The pilots recovered from the adverse effects of the simulation within 30 minutes following the sessions. Simulator-induced sickness has been found to occur in conjunction with the use of various military flight trainers e.g., Kennedy, Lilienthal, Berbaum, Baltzley, and McCauley, 1989. The percentage of users that have experienced simulator sickness symptomatology have ranged from 11 to 88 percent, depending upon the simulator Casali and Frank, 1988. The symptoms of simulator sickness that were observed included eyestrain, headaches, dizziness, sweating, drowsiness, and nausea.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE