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Author Kennedy, Joshua S.
Title Evaluation of an army aviator's ability to conduct ingress and egress of the RAH-66 Comanche crew station while wearing the air warrior ensemble / Joshua S. Kennedy ... [and others].
Imprint Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD : Army Research Laboratory, [2004]

Author Kennedy, Joshua S.
Series ARL-TR ; 3404
ARL-TR (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.) ; 3404.
Subject Military helicopters -- Safety measures.
Comanche (Reconnaissance/attack helicopter) -- Safety measures.
Pressure suits.
Alt Name U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
Description 1 online resource (vi, 78 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color charts.
Note Title from PDF title screen (viewed on Aug. 10, 2010).
"December 2004."
The original document contains color images.
Access Approved for public release, not available in microfiche.
Summary The RAH-66 Comanche represented the U.S. Army's next generation state-of-the-art armed reconnaissance helicopter. Likewise, the Air Warrior aviation life support ensemble worn by Army aviators represents a significant improvement in personal clothing and equipment. However, at the intersection of the Comanche's crew stations and the bulkiness of the Air Warrior ensemble lies a potential problem: pilots have difficulty entering and leaving the crew station, especially in an emergency. This study evaluated an Army aviator's ability to conduct ingress and egress of the Comanche while wearing the Air Warrior ensemble. Several operationally relevant combinations of aircrew anthropometry, Air Warrior ensembles, and ingress-egress routes were evaluated for the front and rear crew stations. Jack human-figure modeling and motion capture technology were also used in the evaluation. Mean emergency egress times were found to be well within published military specifications. However, results show that larger males will likely have a significantly more difficult time leaving the aircraft than smaller persons, especially when clothed in the bulkiest Air Warrior configuration. Several operational and design recommendations are made. In February 2004, the Department of the Army canceled the RAH-66 Comanche program. However, the information contained in this report can be used for ingress and egress testing of new or modified aviation systems.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 45-47).
Note 62716AH70
OCLC # 74276706

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