2 May 2018 NIAG DVE flight test results of LiDAR based DVE support systems
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The paper discusses recent results of flight tests performed during the NIAG DVE flight test campaign in Manching, Germany and Alpnach, Switzerland in February 2017. The Hensoldt DVE system SFERION was mounted on two platforms in two different configurations. The first platform was a Swiss Airforce EC635 on which SFERION was mounted with the SferiSense 500 LiDAR. SFERION displayed 3D conformal symbology for in-flight and landing support purposes. The second platform was the German DLR owned and operated EC135 ACT/FHS test helicopter. There a system using SferiSense 300 LiDAR data supported the pilot during the final approach to a hover point by providing flight path monitoring, guidance and updating. In both systems the information was displayed on head-tracked helmet mounted displays (HMDs).

Specific LiDAR performance in the encountered real-life DVE conditions is discussed. A number of pilots flew the respective systems and results of pilot assessments on workload and capabilities as well as conclusions for the SFERION system are discussed.
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Thomas Münsterer, Thomas Münsterer, Bernhard Singer, Bernhard Singer, Michael Zimmermann, Michael Zimmermann, Martin Gestwa, Martin Gestwa, } "NIAG DVE flight test results of LiDAR based DVE support systems", Proc. SPIE 10642, Degraded Environments: Sensing, Processing, and Display 2018, 106420I (2 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2305714; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2305714
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