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Flight performance using a hyperstereo helmet-mounted display: post-flight debriefing questionnaire
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Paper Abstract

Helmet-mounted display (HMD) designs have faced persistent head-supported mass and center of mass (CM) problems, especially HMD designs like night vision goggles (NVG) that utilize image intensification (I2) sensors mounted forward in front of the user's eyes. Relocating I2 sensors from the front to the sides of the helmet, at or below the transverse plane through the user's head CM, can resolve most of the CM problems. However, the resulting increase in the separation between the two I2 channels effectively increases the user's interpupillary distance (IPD). This HMD design is referred to as a hyperstero design and introduces the phenomenon of hyperstereopsis, a type of visual distortion where stereoscopic depth perception is exaggerated, particularly at distances under 200 feet (~60 meters). The presence of hyperstereopsis has been a concern regarding implementation of hyperstereo HMDs for rotary-wing aircraft. To address this concern, a flight study was conducted to assess the impact of hyperstereopsis on aircraft handling proficiency and pilot acceptance. Three rated aviators with differing levels of I2 and hyperstereo HMD experience conducted a series of flights that concentrated on low-level maneuvers over a two-week period. Initial and final flights were flown with a standard issue I2 device and a production hyperstereo design HMD. Interim flights were flown only with the hyperstereo HMD. Two aviators accumulated 8 hours of flight time with the hyperstereo HMD, while the third accumulated 6.9 hours. This paper presents data collected via written questionnaires completed by the aviators during the post-flight debriefings. These data are compared to questionnaire data from a previous flight investigation in which aviators in a copilot capacity, hands not on the flight controls, accumulated 8 flight hours of flight time using a hyperstereo HMD.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7326, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIV: Design and Applications, 732605 (1 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819500
Show Author Affiliations
Melvyn E. Kalich, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Clarence E. Rash, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas H. Harding, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Sion Jennings, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Gregory Craig, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Geoffrey W. Stuart, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7326:
Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIV: Design and Applications
Peter L. Marasco; Paul R. Havig; Sion A. Jennings; Thomas H. Harding, Editor(s)

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