Federal Aviation Administration, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI)
1 August 2017 – 31 July 2018
Total award $227, 025
Many systems on the market or in the conceptual design phase for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) provide the capability of enhancing the visual capability of the pilot during flight, at near to eye distances similar to spectacles. Although Head Worn Displays (HWDs) have been proposed for Civil Aviation (CA) flight operations by various organizations, rigorous qualitative and quantitative comparison of candidate devices and their impact on Human Factors is currently lacking. The technical objective of the proposed effort is to develop a means for evaluating the human factors aspects of emerging Head Worn Displays (HMD) for Enhanced Vision System technologies, and then conduct a Human Factors study of their suitability for Civil Aviation (CA) with specific application to General Aviation.
The goal of this project is to collect data and information to be used in a Human Factors study that will quantify answers to the following questions:
- What are the CA operational impacts of a Head Worn Display?
- What CA pilot approach and landing tasks can be done, and what tasks cannot be done?
- Is it operationally suitable for CA pilot approach and landing tasks?
- Does use of this system allow CA pilots to adequately conduct Cat 2 approaches?
The expected results of this research will be increased understanding of the effects of enhanced vision systems on CA pilot safety and performance in Low Visibility Operations due to weather in the approach and landing phase for Cat 1, S.A. Cat 1, Cat 2, and Cat 3.
Working with me on this project are:
-Dr. Thomas Ferris, ISED
-Emily Fojtik, MENG AERO
-Allison Daveid, BSAE
-Alexandra Heinimann, BSAE
-Mia Brown, CSCE