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What’s Real About Virtual Reality Flight Simulation?

What’s Real About Virtual Reality Flight Simulation? With the help of immersive virtual reality technology,novel cockpit systems can be evaluated with pilots in an early design phase.This comparative study investigates the functional fidelity of a virtual realityflight simulator (VRFS) in comparison with a conventional flight simulator.Pilots’ movement time to reach cockpit controls, deviation from the idealflight path, workload, and simulator sickness are evaluated using an operationalscenario. The results show statistically significant differences in heading,altitude, and flight path, as well as delays in operating the controls invirtual reality. Yet, most participants could safely and reliably complete theflight task. For use cases in which adaptations to pace, exposure time, andflight task are acceptable, which is often the case in early phases of thedesign process, VRFSs can be viable tools for human factors engineering. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors American Psychological Association

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 Hogrefe Publishing
ISSN
2192-0923
eISSN
2192-0931
DOI
10.1027/2192-0923/a000134
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Abstract

With the help of immersive virtual reality technology,novel cockpit systems can be evaluated with pilots in an early design phase.This comparative study investigates the functional fidelity of a virtual realityflight simulator (VRFS) in comparison with a conventional flight simulator.Pilots’ movement time to reach cockpit controls, deviation from the idealflight path, workload, and simulator sickness are evaluated using an operationalscenario. The results show statistically significant differences in heading,altitude, and flight path, as well as delays in operating the controls invirtual reality. Yet, most participants could safely and reliably complete theflight task. For use cases in which adaptations to pace, exposure time, andflight task are acceptable, which is often the case in early phases of thedesign process, VRFSs can be viable tools for human factors engineering.

Journal

Aviation Psychology and Applied Human FactorsAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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