Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog Ping: Gettting Mission Ready

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Description:It takes a lot of spinning around to make a Gripen pilot. The spinning, though, first happens on the ground on a dynamic flight simulator (DFS) which is a combination of a flight simulator and a centrifuge. The main parts are a large motor, a 30 feet arm and a two degrees of freedom gondola where the pilot is placed. The pilot is in control and flies the DFS like an aircraft with his stick and throttle. He gets response both visually and through the generated G-load.

The DFS sits inside the Flight Physiological Centre, located at Linköping which trains pilots for the real mission.The Flight Physiological Centre has been supporting the Swedish Armed Forces with aviation medical expertise for almost 50 years now. The Centre offers training packages, medical tests and treatments, research facilities and advanced techniques for measuring physiological responses in humans.

The dynamic flight simulator is cheaper and more efficient than flight tests in many cases. The Swedish Air Force primarily uses the DFS for pilot training, especially for JAS 39 Gripen pilots. The Gripen is much more demanding on the pilot than previous aircraft because of the rapid G-onset and the ability to maintain high G-loads.

Presentation and design of the cockpit are areas that can be tested in a more realistic environment in the DFS than in a conventional simulator. For example color displays and helmet mounted displays. Physiological studies regarding breathing at high G-loads and registration of blood pressure oxygen saturation ECG can be performed in the DFS. New crew equipment including G-suit are tested in the DFS. It is also possible to test aircraft equipment, for example oxygen systems and regulators in the DFS.

The Flight Physiological Centre is managed and operated by QinetiQ Sweden AB on behalf of The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). Take a look at the Physiological Centre on this video on Youtube​.

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