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Development of NVG test maneuvers for civilian aircraft
Author(s): Sion Jennings; Greg Craig; Stephan Carignan; Heiko Fischer; Michel Brulotte
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Paper Abstract

This document provides an overview of helicopter flight-test methods used to evaluate night vision goggles at the National Research Council of Canada's Institute for Aerospace Research. These techniques have been used to examine the performance of display systems in actual field conditions. The flight evaluations were based, in large part, on standard flight test maneuvers and rating systems outlined in Aeronautical Design Standard ADS-33. The document describes NVG test maneuvers developed from ADS-33 principles, including a high hover, a mirror C, a vertical descent, a parallel lateral translation, a turn about the tail, a confined area staged landing, a brown-out/white-out simulation and a lit pirouette. The overview also comprises a description of methods for controlling the cueing environment. These methods include an appropriate selection of maneuvers as well as devices for limiting pilot vision such as goggles with filters and apertures, and other devices. The paper concludes with a short discussion on the merits of developing accurate in-flight tests capable of resolving performance differences among displays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6955, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIII: Design and Applications, 69550N (30 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780333
Show Author Affiliations
Sion Jennings, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Greg Craig, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Stephan Carignan, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Heiko Fischer, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Michel Brulotte, Transport Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6955:
Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIII: Design and Applications
Randall W. Brown; Peter L. Marasco; Thomas H. Harding; Sion A. Jennings, Editor(s)

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