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The virtual landing pad: facilitating rotary-wing landing operations in degraded visual environments

The virtual landing pad: facilitating rotary-wing landing operations in degraded visual environments
The virtual landing pad: facilitating rotary-wing landing operations in degraded visual environments
The safety of rotary-wing operations are significantly affected by the local weather conditions, especially during key phases of flight including hover and landing. Despite the operational flexibility of rotary-wing craft, such craft account for a significantly greater proportion of accidents than their fixed-wing counterparts. A key period of risk when operating rotary-wing aircraft is during operations that occur in degraded visual environments, for example as a result of thick fog. During such conditions, pilots’ workload significantly increases and their situation awareness can be greatly impeded. The current study examines the extent to which providing information to pilots via the use of a Head-Up display (HUD) influenced perceived workload and situation awareness, when operating in both clear and degraded visual environments. Results suggest that whilst the HUD did not benefit pilots during clear conditions, workload was reduced when operating in degraded visual conditions. Overall results demonstrate that access to the HUD reduces the difficulties associated with flying in degraded visual environments.
Rotary-wing, Head-Up Display, Situation Awareness, Workload
1435-5566
219–232
Stanton, Neville
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Plant, Katherine
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Roberts, Aaron
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Allison, Craig
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Harvey, Catherine
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Stanton, Neville
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Plant, Katherine
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Roberts, Aaron
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Allison, Craig
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Stanton, Neville, Plant, Katherine, Roberts, Aaron, Allison, Craig and Harvey, Catherine (2018) The virtual landing pad: facilitating rotary-wing landing operations in degraded visual environments. Cognition, Technology & Work, 20 (2), 219–232. (doi:10.1007/s10111-018-0467-1).

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Abstract

The safety of rotary-wing operations are significantly affected by the local weather conditions, especially during key phases of flight including hover and landing. Despite the operational flexibility of rotary-wing craft, such craft account for a significantly greater proportion of accidents than their fixed-wing counterparts. A key period of risk when operating rotary-wing aircraft is during operations that occur in degraded visual environments, for example as a result of thick fog. During such conditions, pilots’ workload significantly increases and their situation awareness can be greatly impeded. The current study examines the extent to which providing information to pilots via the use of a Head-Up display (HUD) influenced perceived workload and situation awareness, when operating in both clear and degraded visual environments. Results suggest that whilst the HUD did not benefit pilots during clear conditions, workload was reduced when operating in degraded visual conditions. Overall results demonstrate that access to the HUD reduces the difficulties associated with flying in degraded visual environments.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 February 2018
Published date: May 2018
Keywords: Rotary-wing, Head-Up Display, Situation Awareness, Workload

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Local EPrints ID: 418133
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418133
ISSN: 1435-5566
PURE UUID: d9da2f87-7bf4-48e4-9805-44075e816e0e
ORCID for Neville Stanton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3279
ORCID for Katherine Plant: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4532-2818

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Date deposited: 22 Feb 2018 17:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:14

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