EFFECTS OF UAV SUPERVISORY CONTROL ON F-18 FORMATION FLIGHT PERFORMANCE IN A SIMULATOR ENVIRONMENT

dc.contributor.advisorYang, Ji Hyun
dc.contributor.advisorKennedy, Quinn
dc.contributor.authorMcMullen, Eric L.
dc.contributor.authorGrass, Brian Shane
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Science
dc.contributor.secondreaderSullivan, Joseph
dc.dateMar-13
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-08T20:42:26Z
dc.date.available2013-05-08T20:42:26Z
dc.date.issued2013-03
dc.description.abstractContinual advances in technology, along with increased cockpit workload particularly the shift from two-seat to single-seat fighters to save money and reduce risk to lifepush the limits of human mental capacity. Additionally, there is interest within the military aviation community to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) control into the cockpit in order to expand force projection capability. This study compared the effects on formation flight performance of two different secondary tasks, specifically a traditional secondary task such as target prosecution with an electro-optical Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) pod, and a futuristic secondary task such as UAV supervisory control. A total of 34 military fighter aviators volunteered to fly three five-minuteF-18 simulator sessions in close formation with no secondary task, and then treated with each of the two secondary tasks. Results provided clear indication that the futuristic task was significantly more challenging than the traditional task, and that both secondary tasks significantly increased the average mean following distance and variance compared to the undistracted flying baseline scenario. Additionally, we found no evidence that increased flight experience (total flight hours) significantly improved performance of the prescribed primary task when treated with the futuristic task distraction. Knowledge gained from the results could contribute to improved crew resource management (CRM) and pilot workload management as well as flight safety resulting from the modification of flight procedures based on known effects of distractions in the cockpit.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navy;Major, United States Armyen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/effectsofuavsupe1094532870
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/32870
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.subject.authorSimulatoren_US
dc.subject.authoraviationen_US
dc.subject.authorworkloaden_US
dc.subject.authortask prioritizationen_US
dc.subject.authordistraction.en_US
dc.titleEFFECTS OF UAV SUPERVISORY CONTROL ON F-18 FORMATION FLIGHT PERFORMANCE IN A SIMULATOR ENVIRONMENTen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineModeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation Institute (MOVES)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation (Moves)en_US
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