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Training Wing Mishap Awareness Narratives (WingMAN)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0675
Agency Tracking Number: N172-117-0142
Amount: $224,570.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N172-117
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-14
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
United States
DUNS: 009485124
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Amanda Bond
 Research Scientist
 (407) 249-0454
Business Contact
 Denise Nicholson
Phone: (407) 249-0454
Research Institution

Spatial Disorientation (SD) is cited as a contributing factor in five to ten percent of all aviation incidents; and has a 90% fatality rate (Heinle & Ercoline, 2002). SD impacts both fixed- and rotor-wing aviators, and SD impacts pilots at every skill level. To combat SD, aviation training provides exposure to SD materials at multiple points in the training process, including classroom-based instruction and full-motion flight simulators. Availability for hardware systems, however, limit the SD exposure an aviator can have (Ercoline, 1997). Enhancing classroom-based SD instruction into more engaging visual formats is a potential solution to augment SD training. Soar Technology, Inc. proposes a playback-generation tool for Training Wing Mishap Awareness Narratives (WingMAN). WingMAN will allow an instructor to gather data from multiple sources to create a visual playback of any mishap for which data is available, including editing existing playbacks. At the end of Phase II, WingMAN will also support automating the integration of aircraft state data, incident audio recordings, and text-based information. WingMAN will support playback via a first-person 3D out-the-window visualizer, will support exporting narrative playbacks to a variety of formats suitable for delivery on desktops, mobile devices, and in Virtual Reality headsets.

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