14 April 2008 Safety qualification and operational assessment of a night vision cueing and display system
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The US Air Force and US Navy are cooperatively developing and demonstrating a wide field of view, night vision, helmet mounted cueing system called Night Vision Cueing and Display. This paper addresses the USAF path to safety of flight qualification of the device to include assessment of the display quality, aircraft compatibility, environmental tolerance, and ejection safety. The variety of tests accomplished will be briefly discussed to include key challenges that were met and overcome. Also addressed is developmental and operational flight testing. Pilot assessments of the system are discussed with emphasis on the aircrew interface and challenges with a newly designed, ejection safety enhancing visor. Finally, joint service plans for the system are addressed.
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James M. Barnaba, Cary W. Wilson, Melina Baez-Vazquez, "Safety qualification and operational assessment of a night vision cueing and display system", Proc. SPIE 6955, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIII: Design and Applications, 69550O (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783332; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.783332
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