Alcohol Effects Simulator for Pilot Training

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$114,513.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43AA015825-01A2
Award Id:
85207
Agency Tracking Number:
AA015825
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
WESTERN RESEARCH COMPANY, INC., 3275 W INA RD, STE 215, TUCSON, AZ, 85741
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120672589
Principal Investigator:
ERIC CRAINE
(520) 325-4505
ERCRAINE@WRC-INC.COM
Business Contact:
ERIC CRAINE
() -
ercraine@wrc-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This proposal is a direct response to an NIH-stated need for a system to simulate piloting aircraft under hypothetical or actual drinking handicaps and designed to predict fatal and nonfatal accident involvement . This requirement, released by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, recognizes that alcohol plays a significant role in serious (fatal) aircraft accidents in all three major aviation sectors: general, commercial and military. At present, effe cts of alcohol on piloting skills are paid little attention in typical flight training programs. However, there is ample evidence that pilot training is most effectively done by having student pilots actually experience the flight conditions and requiremen ts they must learn. Further, the Federal Aviation Administration has, for several years, certified the use of various types of flight simulators for training purposes. These flight simulators have been used very effectively, and are particularly useful in providing student pilots with experiences which might be unduly dangerous to attempt in actual flight conditions. This project is intended to lead to development of an Alcohol Effects Simulator (AES) which can augment existing flight simulators and mimic t he consequences of flight under the effects of varying degrees of alcohol consumption. This will be done by performing a series of controlled experiments using prescribed flight protocols on a flight simulator without alcohol consumption (control) and with alcohol consumption (test groups). Deviations from the control conditions will be determined and implemented in the AES, which can then be used to teach sober pilots the likely effects of flight under the influence of alcohol as a function of amount consu med and time since consumption (as reflected by blood alcohol levels). The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, has recognized that alcohol plays a significant role in serious (fatal) aircraft accidents in all three major aviation sectors: g eneral, commercial and military. Pilot training in this area is clearly inadequate, and is best addressed by hands-on learning experience. The proposed product development will lead to development of an Alcohol Effects Simulator (AES) which can augment exi sting flight simulator training programs and mimic the consequences of flight under the effects of varying degrees of alcohol consumption.

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