System analysis report: Human factors engineering system analysis of CF18A air to ground operations


  1. Wellwood, M.
  2. Wellwood, N.
  3. Toussaint, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);HFE Group, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
The Directorate of Aerospace Requirements (DAR 5) is in the process of upgrading the CF-18A to maintain its technical currency over the next 20 years. Part of this upgrade will be the inclusion of a Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) with a Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) capability. The Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM) has undertaken an investigation of HMD and NVIS technologies in order to provide DAR with advice on human factors issues that may arise from their use in the CF-18A. The investigation will focus on the Air to Ground role of the CF-18A as this is the most likely role in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and coalition activities. The Air to Ground role of the CF-18A also presents a high cognitive demand on the skills and ability of the pilot. This report is the second of two Human Factors Engineering (HFE) reports prepared for DCIEM in support of DAR 5. The first report is a Mission Analysis Report of CF18 Air to Ground Operations and should be read in conjunction with this report. This report provides the detailed results of an HFE study of the employment of the CF-18A in an operational Air to Ground environment. The analysis was conducted without the inclusion of the HMD in order to provide a baseline for assessing the future impact of HMD and NVIS procurements on the modernized fighter. TRUNCATED
Air to ground missions;Human factors integration;PCT (Perceptual Control Theory);Goal decomposition;Goal allocation;Operation sequence diagrams;Critical goal analysis
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-072;HFE-42-014-002 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
30 Mar 2001
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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