Human factors study of ability to escape from a ditched cormorant helicopter

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Authors
  1. Brooks, C.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Survival Systems Group Ltd, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
Canada will soon be taking delivery of the CH149 Cormorant helicopter to replace the aging CH113 Labrador. From a human factors perspective, underwater escape routes and techniques will be significantly different from those of the Labrador because of four fundamental changes in design. These include the replacement of the slimline backpack with a personal survival pack (PSP); energy absorbing (stroking) seats, shape, size and direction of operation of the jettison mechanism for all aircrew positions; and, 5- versus 4-point harness. Survival Systems Training Ltd was asked to conduct a human factors study of the ease or difficulty of escaping from a ditched Cormorant helicopter as well as the interface of current survival equipment with the new helicopter. Results of the study will allow us to ensure that prior to the delivery of the first helicopter, the aircrew will be trained in the best techniques for successful egress and survival from a ditched Cormorant.

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Keywords
Wet evacuations;Disorientation;Ditching (landing);Egress;Evacuation times;UEE (Underwater Escape Exit);Underwater escape;Cormorant helicopters;CH-149 Cormorant helicopters
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-035;SSG-0101 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2001
Number of Pages
63
DSTKIM No
CA011350
CANDIS No
515974
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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