A Method to Assess the Human Factors Characteristics of Army Aviation Helicopter Crewstations

Report No. ARL-TR-6388
Authors: Jamison S. Hicks and David B. Durbin
Date/Pages: March 2013; 48 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Human Research and Engineering Directorate (ARL HRED) assesses Army Aviation helicopter crewstation design for new and modified aircraft. This report describes the methodologies used to assess crewstation design including: anthropometric modeling; simulation and operational testing to evaluate pilot workload, situational awareness (SA), crew coordination, and pilot-crewstation interface (PCI); anthropometric accommodation; and use of a head and eye tracker to assess visual gaze and dwell times. The methods that ARL HRED uses to assess the human factors characteristics of Army Aviation helicopter crewstations have been successful in identifying and eliminating human factors design problems. To date, over 300 crewstation design issues have been identified and resolved for Army Aviation aircraft. ARL HRED will continue to ensure that Army Aviation crewstations are designed to help pilots perform their flight and mission tasks by using crewstation assessment methods to drive design changes.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: March 1, 2013