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Use of highways in the sky and a virtual pad for landing head up display symbology to enable improved helicopter pilots situation awareness and workload in degraded visual conditions

Use of highways in the sky and a virtual pad for landing head up display symbology to enable improved helicopter pilots situation awareness and workload in degraded visual conditions
Use of highways in the sky and a virtual pad for landing head up display symbology to enable improved helicopter pilots situation awareness and workload in degraded visual conditions
Flight within degraded visual conditions is a great challenge to pilots of rotary-wing craft. Environmental cues typically used to guide interpretation of speed, location and approach can become obscured, forcing the pilots to rely on data available from in-cockpit instrumentation. To ease the task of flight during degraded visual conditions, pilots require easy access to flight critical information. The current study examined the effect of “Highways in the Sky” symbology and a conformal virtual pad for landing presented using a Head Up Display (HUD) on pilots’ workload and situation awareness for both clear and degraded conditions across a series of simulated rotary-wing approach and landings. Results suggest that access to the HUD lead to significant improvements to pilots’ situation awareness, especially within degraded visual conditions. Importantly access to the HUD facilitated pilot awareness in all conditions. Results are discussed in terms of future HUD development.
Rotary-wing, Head-Up Display, Situation Awareness, Workload, Highways in the Sky
1366-5847
1-13
Stanton, Neville A.
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Plant, Katherine L.
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Roberts, Aaron P.
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Allison, Craig K.
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Stanton, Neville A.
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Plant, Katherine L.
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Roberts, Aaron P.
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Allison, Craig K.
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Stanton, Neville A., Plant, Katherine L., Roberts, Aaron P. and Allison, Craig K. (2017) Use of highways in the sky and a virtual pad for landing head up display symbology to enable improved helicopter pilots situation awareness and workload in degraded visual conditions. Ergonomics, 1-13. (doi:10.1080/00140139.2017.1414301).

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Abstract

Flight within degraded visual conditions is a great challenge to pilots of rotary-wing craft. Environmental cues typically used to guide interpretation of speed, location and approach can become obscured, forcing the pilots to rely on data available from in-cockpit instrumentation. To ease the task of flight during degraded visual conditions, pilots require easy access to flight critical information. The current study examined the effect of “Highways in the Sky” symbology and a conformal virtual pad for landing presented using a Head Up Display (HUD) on pilots’ workload and situation awareness for both clear and degraded conditions across a series of simulated rotary-wing approach and landings. Results suggest that access to the HUD lead to significant improvements to pilots’ situation awareness, especially within degraded visual conditions. Importantly access to the HUD facilitated pilot awareness in all conditions. Results are discussed in terms of future HUD development.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 December 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 5 December 2017
Keywords: Rotary-wing, Head-Up Display, Situation Awareness, Workload, Highways in the Sky

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Local EPrints ID: 416263
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416263
ISSN: 1366-5847
PURE UUID: b5265bd6-6ff4-4bf4-9f59-25c2478b4cd1
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: 11 Dec 2017 17:30
Last modified: 15 Oct 2019 04:36

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