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Safe-to-fly determination for the helmet-mounted little high-end airborne laptop (Lil HAL) system
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Paper Abstract

Fighter aircrews are taking large amounts of paper and other mission essential peripherals into the cockpit for each flight. The aircrews must find places to store these items and be able to access the required information in minimal time. Programs have been initiated to put tablet personal computers (PCs)/digital kneeboards into the cockpit, but due to bulk, ejection risks and sunlight readability issues, these devices have not been transitioned to fighter aircrews. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has been tasked to develop a system using a helmet-mounted display, input device, and computer to solve some of the PC tablet issues-and do it quickly. AFRL was directed to conduct an Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE) to determine the usability of the Little High-end Airborne Laptop (Lil HAL) system (Figure 1). Before the OUE could occur, a safety evaluation of the Lil HAL system had to be completed with a receipt of a safe-to-fly clearance. This paper discusses the safety testing that occurred to receive the safety-of-flight clearance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5442, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays IX: Technologies and Applications, (8 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541578
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew A. Simpson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Douglas L. Franck, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5442:
Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays IX: Technologies and Applications
Clarence E. Rash; Colin E. Reese, Editor(s)

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