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Head-up displays assist helicopter pilots landing in degraded visual environments

Head-up displays assist helicopter pilots landing in degraded visual environments
Head-up displays assist helicopter pilots landing in degraded visual environments
Civilian rotary-wing aircraft pilots typically rely on visual information from the external environment to guide flight, but are increasingly required to operate in degraded visual environments. The current study evaluated the impact of a head-up display (HUD) upon pilot performance, perceived situation awareness and workload. A 2 × 2 repeated measures design required qualified rotary-wing pilots (N = 6) to fly in clear and degraded visual conditions both with and without the HUD. In degraded visual conditions, the HUD significantly improved pilot perceived situation awareness whilst simultaneously reducing workload. Objective flight technical performance data offered preliminary support for a positive change in pilot behaviour when using the HUD in degraded visual conditions.
1464-536X
513-529
Stanton, Neville A.
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Roberts, Aaron P.
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Plant, Katherine L.
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Allison, Craig
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Harvey, Catherine
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Stanton, Neville A.
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Roberts, Aaron P.
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Plant, Katherine L.
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Allison, Craig
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Harvey, Catherine
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Stanton, Neville A., Roberts, Aaron P., Plant, Katherine L., Allison, Craig and Harvey, Catherine (2018) Head-up displays assist helicopter pilots landing in degraded visual environments. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 19 (5), 513-529. (doi:10.1080/1463922X.2017.1394506).

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Abstract

Civilian rotary-wing aircraft pilots typically rely on visual information from the external environment to guide flight, but are increasingly required to operate in degraded visual environments. The current study evaluated the impact of a head-up display (HUD) upon pilot performance, perceived situation awareness and workload. A 2 × 2 repeated measures design required qualified rotary-wing pilots (N = 6) to fly in clear and degraded visual conditions both with and without the HUD. In degraded visual conditions, the HUD significantly improved pilot perceived situation awareness whilst simultaneously reducing workload. Objective flight technical performance data offered preliminary support for a positive change in pilot behaviour when using the HUD in degraded visual conditions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 October 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 November 2017
Published date: 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 416044
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416044
ISSN: 1464-536X
PURE UUID: 2806e816-4e45-4ae9-9941-ad6869422f1b
ORCID for Neville A. Stanton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3279
ORCID for Katherine L. Plant: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4532-2818

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Date deposited: 30 Nov 2017 17:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:14

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