RECOMMENDATION TO IMPLEMENT GYRO-IPT FOR DISORIENTATION TRAINING AT CFSAT

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Authors
  1. Cheung, B.
  2. Wong, W.T.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
With the acqusition of the GYRO IPT (ETC) at the Canadian Forces School of Aeromedical Training (CFSAT), an evaluation was completed to determine the usefulness of this device and how it might be implemented into existing undergraduate pilot training syllabus. The GYRO IPT is the most recent version of the GRYO-1 series of flight simulators. It features upgrades on the pitch and roll motion capability and options for data acquisition and medical monitoring. The major advantage of the device is its interactive closed-loop (pilot-in-the-loop) feature that forces the trainee to relate any demonstration to actual flight situations. In summary, the motion capability of the GYRO-IPT is able to elicit the type of vestibular illusions that are related to the inadequacy of the semicircular canals system (incapable of detecting constant velocity motion). However, due to the limited pitch (+/- 15 degrees) and roll (+/- 30 degrees) capability and the lack of planetary rotation, disorientation illusions that can be demonstrated by the GYRO IPT are limited to the type of vestibular illusions that are related to the inadequacy of the semicircular canals system. For example, Coriolis cross-coupling and somatogyral illusions are very convincing. The device also reasonably demonstrates most of the visual illusion profiles such as autokinesis, black hole approach, false horizon, runway width and up-sloped runway. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Spatial disorientation;Sensory physiology
Report Number
DCIEM-98-TM-59 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Aug 1998
Number of Pages
15
DSTKIM No
98-02747
CANDIS No
509692
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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