Aircrew Performance Cutting-Edge Tech: Emerging Human Performance Enhancement Technology Vision in Support of Operational Military Aviation Strategy
Author(s)Belland, Kris M.
Contributor(s)AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
KeywordsMilitary Aircraft Operations
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
*HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING
MARINE CORPS AVIATION
MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS
BIOLOGICAL WARFARE AGENTS
DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS
ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT
CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS
DISTRIBUTED INTERACTIVE SIMULATION
REFRACTIVE EYE SURGERY
LASIK(LASER ASSISTED IN SITU KERATOMILEUSIS)
LEP(LASER EYE PROTECTION)
LTAMPS(LASER THREAT AND MISSION PLANNING SYSTEMS)
GPWS(GROUND PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEMS)
APGCAS(AUTOMATIC PREDICTIVE GROUND COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEMS)
DISTRIBUTED MISSION TRAINING
SPATIAL DISORIENTATION TRAINING
BROWN OUT SCENARIOS
TSAS(VIBRO-TACTILE SITUATION AWARENESS SYSTEM SUITS)
CAPAS(COMPUTER ASSISTED PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS SYSTEMS)
ORM(OPERATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT)
SAFETY CULTURE WORKSHOPS
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AbstractUsing cutting-edge technology to create a human factors advantage in military operations will contribute to success on the battlefield of the future whether below the surface, on the surface, in the air, or in space. Human factors system selection in the past has appeared to be arbitrary and intermittent, with no unifying vision and apparently little or no coordination between the military services. Mature, timely applied technology will reduce risk and enhance combat capability. By decreasing mishaps during training and combat, there will be a reduced number of lost lives of highly trained and costly aircrew, while preserving training and combat assets (aircraft/unmanned vehicles). A concomitant increase in survivability through better understanding of human factors technology will ultimately give the modern aviation warrior a tactical edge throughout the full spectrum of combat and provide secondary benefits to the civilian aviation sector. This paper will explain currently available and emerging aviation human factors technological advances in today's military aviation weapons systems and recommend a vision (and direction) for the most promising, emerging aviation human factors-related technological advances. Emerging human factors areas addressed in this paper include fatigue; vision enhancement/refractive eye surgery; nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons; directed energy weapons; mishap reduction; service culture; situational awareness; spatial disorientation; simulation; and training. It is hoped that this vision will focus technological direction so that the advances may be incorporated more rapidly into operational aviation combat systems.
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