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Performance Comparison Between a Head-Worn Display System and a Head-Up Display for Low Visibility Commercial Operations
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Arthur, Jarvis J., III(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Prinzel, Lawrence J., III(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Barnes, James R.(Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Engineering Services, Hampton, VA, United States);
Williams, Steven P.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Jones, Denise R.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Harrison, Stephanie J.(Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA, United States);
Bailey, Randall E.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States)
Abstract: Research, development, test, and evaluation of flight deck interface technologies is being conducted by NASA to proactively identify, develop, and mature tools, methods, and technologies for improving overall aircraft safety of new and legacy vehicles operating in Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Under the Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) project in the Aviation Safety Program, one specific area of research is the use of small Head-Worn Displays (HWDs) as an equivalent display to a Head-Up Display (HUD). Title 14 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 91.175 describes a possible operational credit which can be obtained with airplane equipage of a HUD or an "equivalent" display combined with Enhanced Vision (EV). If successful, a HWD may provide the same safety and operational benefits as current HUD-equipped aircraft but for significantly more aircraft in which HUD installation is neither practical nor possible. A simulation experiment was conducted to evaluate if the HWD, coupled with a head-tracker, can provide an equivalent display to a HUD. Comparative testing was performed in the Research Flight Deck (RFD) Cockpit Motion Facility (CMF) full mission, motion-based simulator at NASA Langley. Twelve airline crews conducted approach and landing, taxi, and departure operations during low visibility operations (1000' Runway Visual Range (RVR), 300' RVR) at Memphis International Airport (Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identifier: KMEM). The results showed that there were no statistical differences in the crews performance in terms of touchdown and takeoff. Further, there were no statistical differences between the HUD and HWD in pilots' responses to questionnaires.
Publication Date: May 05, 2014
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(Acquired May 30, 2014)
Report/Patent Number: NF1676L-17438
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: SPIE DSS Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIV: Design and Applications; 5-9 May 2014; Baltimore, MD; United States
Meeting Sponsor: International Society for Optical Engineering; Bellingham, WA, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 284848.
Financial Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA, United States
Description: 17p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
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