Auditory Demands on Canadian Forces Aircrew

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Authors
  1. Arrabito, G.R.
  2. Cain, B.
  3. Mack, I.
  4. Crabtree, R.B.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Situations of high demands placed on the auditory channel of Canadian Forces (CF) aircrew are reviewed in this paper. High auditory demands resulting from periods of intense radio communication often occur in military aviation which may degrade crew performance by interfering with internal communications and cognitive tasks. Additionally, auditory warnings may be presented through the same channels, resulting in loud, strident auditory warnings that often disrupt thought as well as verbal communication among aircrew members. It is also recognized that the visual channel is heavily loaded and investigations are underway, exploring the use of vocal commands to control aircraft systems. Combined, these issues will require new means to manage auditory workload in CF cockpits. This paper documents some cases of high auditory demand and notes three emerging technologies that will affect auditory demands for aircrew.
Report Number
DCIEM-98-P-63 — Paper
Date of publication
01 Oct 1998
Number of Pages
18
DSTKIM No
99-01761
CANDIS No
511623
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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