Creating Spatial Disorientation in Flight Simulation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,932.69
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DTRT57-12-C-10069
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-12-C-10069
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
12.2-FA1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
13766 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA, 90250-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
028281020
Principal Investigator:
David Klyde
Vice President Research & Engineering
(310) 679-2281
dklyde@systemstech.com
Business Contact:
Sanjeev Weerasuirya
CFO & Corporate Treasurer
(310) 679-2281
exec@systemstech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Loss of control associated with an inability of pilots to recover from upsets and unusual attitudes is the leading cause of world-wide commercial jet accidents. A key component in many of these events is pilot spatial disorientation. Improved pilot training in these abnormal flight conditions, including the ability of training simulators to replicate spatial disorientation, is needed to reduce loss of control accidents. Traditional commercial pilot training is conducted with hexapod-based motion systems that are limited in their ability to replicate the motion cues associated with these events. Given these short-comings, how can stakeholders be certain that there is positive transfer of training regarding spatial disorientation from the simulator to flight? To address this question, a team led by Systems Technology, Inc. proposes to create the Spatial Disorientation – Transfer of Training Assessment Library (SD-TOTAL) software application that will provide tools to quantify the ability of flight simulators to replicate spatial disorientation as compared to flight and appropriate spatial disorientation academic information for pilots. A limited flight test and ground simulation program featuring elements of an upset recovery training curriculum will be conducted in Phase I using the Calspan Learjet In-Flight Simulator to demonstrate feasibility of the proposed approach.

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