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VISTA NF-16D programmable display system flight test
Author(s): Randall E. Bailey; Thomas F. Landers
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Paper Abstract

The United States Air Force Research Laboratory's NF-16D Variable-stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA) is a unique aircraft that performs a multitude of missions, including research, development, test, and evaluation in the areas of flying qualities, flight control design, pilot- vehicle interface, and weapons and avionics integration as well as test pilot training. To enhance its mission effectiveness, VISTA has been upgraded through the addition of both a programmable Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) and a programmable Head-Up Display (HUD) in the front cockpit. The programmable HMD system consists of a Marconi Avionics Viper IV Helmet-Mounted Optics Module integrated with a modified Helmet Integrated Systems Limited (HISL) HGU-86/P helmet, the Honeywell Advanced Metal Tolerant tracker, and a Marconi Avionics Programmable Display Generator. This paper describes the developmental flight testing which has recently been completed on VISTA with this programmable HMD system. Lessons- learned in the development, safety-of-flight clearance process, and flight test evaluation of this system are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3689, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays IV, (12 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352831
Show Author Affiliations
Randall E. Bailey, Veridian Engineering (United States)
Thomas F. Landers, Veridian Engineering (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3689:
Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays IV
Ronald J. Lewandowski; Loran A. Haworth; Henry J. Girolamo, Editor(s)

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