Helmet-mounted displays

Cockpit, radar, helmet-mounted display, and other avionics
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Unread post09 Oct 2014, 00:33

neptune wrote:
cantaz wrote:The cockpit modification might be to support the improved helmet tracking, as part of the jitter fix.


...and that too :) ....

it appears that the contrast issues between the MFDs and the "NVG" cams being not completely compatible are part of the fix (now compatible) for this next gen. of the visor...."Bees" were landing on the Wasp with the MK-1 and the DAS-MFD (no visor). With this Block 3i. all of the 95% fixes can evolve to the 3F.


Not sure what you mean by 'no visor' but DT-2 on WASP was unaided. Working 'visor' (i.e. vHUD) is a requirement to go fly.

Some SW tweaks made to the display computer for the helmet that minimize the apparent jitter that occurs when buffet is present.

Night vision camera (like all image intensifiers) can be affected by ambient light levels in the cockpit. Adjustment to light levels in certain portions of the visible spectrum within the cockpit have been made (similar to adjustments made to EVERY aircraft in the US inventory when they started flying with NVGs).
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Unread post21 Oct 2014, 10:23

:devil: INFO on THE MASK (SOMEBODY STOP ME!) EBOLA.... (that redshite?): :devil:
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Seymour Johnson AFB hosts latest round of joint aircrew flight equipment testing
19 Oct 2014 Staff Sgt. Michael Charles, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

"SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) -- Over the past few years, the Air Force has seen the introduction of several weapons systems that have pushed its aviation capability to new heights.

As capabilities increase, the Air Force has had to refine safety equipment in order to protect the only irreplaceable component in each airframe -- the human weapon system.

To ensure the safety of Air Force pilots and prepare for the future of aviation, Air Combat Command held a joint aircrew flight equipment evaluation testing Oct. 7 to the 14 here.

Representatives from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; Beale AFB, California; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona; Nellis AFB, Nevada; and Hill AFB, Utah, were on hand to test current and future flight equipment for every aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory, including the F-35 Lightning II.

Seymour Johnson AFB was chosen for the location of the test due to its proximity to ACC headquarters and its ability to provide additional Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen to assist in the testing without affecting the operational mission of the wing. Organizers wanted to get real-time assessments of the equipment from those actually using it in the operational Air Force.

"We could have chosen a specialized test facility somewhere but it made more sense to do testing at a place where we could get direct feedback from the technicians who are accomplishing the mission every day," said Randy Loving, the AFE requirements chief for ACC. "For us, Seymour Johnson (AFB) was a logical choice."

The Joint Service Aircrew Masks was among the AFE items tested during the weeklong study. The masks, which were evaluated for use aboard tactical aircraft, were tested on their ability to keep aircrew protected from airborne contamination. Tactical aircraft equipment from the F-15E Strike Eagle and F-22 Raptor were also tested to determine potential safety improvements for future integration.

During the test, each of the aircrew's chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense flight suits were sprayed with fluorescing particles, simulating an aircrew member's exposure to biological or chemical weaponry. After being sprayed, the test participant walked through an aircrew contamination control area to manage contaminated equipment. Each piece of equipment was thoroughly disinfected in an attempt to eliminate and neutralize any simulated hazardous materials.

Following the contamination mitigation process, the testers removed their equipment and they were examined under a black light for any possible safety vulnerabilities. The process was repeated several times to ensure the integrity and reliability of the results.

"It's important for the gear we issue our aircrew members to be safe," said Master Sgt. James Kent, the 4th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight chief. "By thoroughly testing each piece of equipment and ensuring the integrity of our tests, we provide accurate results to Air Force leaders. It also helps us collect data points for future upgrades."

The chemicals used in the test were specially designed to change color when exposed to water and fluoresce under a black light to make it easy to determine whether there were leaks in the equipment or transfer of particles during the process...."

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CROPPED photo smaller attached; CAPTION: "Airman 1st Class Kyle Rogers goes through decontamination procedures during an Air Combat Command Joint Aircrew Flight Equipment evaluation testing Oct. 14, 2014, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Representatives from several bases were on hand to test current and future flight equipment for every aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Rogers is an aircrew flight equipment specialist assigned to the 355th Operations Support Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brittain Crolley)"
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Unread post05 Nov 2014, 16:23

Whaddaya Mean - Ya Lost Ya HELMET!
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Unread post06 Nov 2014, 00:12

spazsinbad wrote:Whaddaya Mean - Ya Lost Ya HELMET!

What's going on in that pic?
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Unread post06 Nov 2014, 00:42

Earlier a picture of the ladder rescue crew was posted - I could have posted the pic on that thread but hey - where is the fun in that? So anyway the pilot or pilot surrogate wearing a NOT HMDS helmet (looks like a boxing helmet of sorts - for the protection in it) is being manhandled by rescuer. Cannot find that pic here again so I'll post it again or for the first time and does anybody care? :mrgreen: NAILED IT! viewtopic.php?f=22&t=25667&p=277672&hilit=gawker#p277672

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Unread post06 Nov 2014, 00:59

popcorn wrote:
spazsinbad wrote:Whaddaya Mean - Ya Lost Ya HELMET!

What's going on in that pic?


CFR (Crash, Fire, Rescue) team training.

Helmet in the upper pics looks like a standard issue HGU-55.
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Unread post06 Nov 2014, 01:32

Thanks. . Some grab handles would come in handy :)
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Unread post06 Nov 2014, 01:34

:mrgreen: That's why the helmets have wings or viking horns. No? :doh:

Dear Phearless Phlyers & Aviation Aficianados....
The rain was pouring and there was a big puddle in front of the pub just outside the Air Force Base.

A ragged old Naval Aviator, wearing his Winged ball cap, was standing near the edge with a fishing rod, his line in the puddle.

A curious young Air Force fighter pilot stopped and asked what he was doing.

'Fishing,' the old guy simply said.

'Poor old fool,' the Air Force officer thought and he invited the ragged old Naval Aviator aviator into the pub for a drink.

As he felt he should start some conversation while they were sipping their whiskey, the haughty fighter pilot asked, "And how many have you caught?'

'You're the eighth,' the old Naval Aviator answered.
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Unread post07 Nov 2014, 19:19

HAHAHAHA! :lmao:
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Unread post07 Nov 2014, 19:36

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Unread post08 Nov 2014, 16:34

Interesting SBIR technology call from the Air Force:

Develop cockpit helmet tracker based on passive sensors together with optical feature recognition and image processing algorithms usable for all helmets/aircraft. Approach should not use magnetic sensors, cockpit mapping, or active helmet emitters.

... Magnetic trackers currently fielded in e.g. the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) require each cockpit to be mapped separately in a time-intensive procedure with special equipment, and then re-mapped frequently whenever any change is made to that particular cockpit. Active optical trackers as used in the Eurofighter Typhon HMD system require a flashing infrared light-emitting diode array (IRLEDA) to be integrated into the outside layer of the helmet together with multiple cockpit-mounted sensors to detect their emissions for processing. ...


http://www.afsbirsttr.com/TopicPreRelea ... es&pn=SBIR

Looks like the Air Force wants to improve the helmet design.
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Unread post22 Nov 2014, 20:59

What I find incredible is the disparity between helmets used in the F-35 vs. say, PAK FA. Really speaks volumes insofar as who's ahead in that area.

I was half expecting the leather scarf, after I say the PAK FA helmet pic!
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Unread post23 Nov 2014, 04:22

mixelflick wrote:What I find incredible is the disparity between helmets used in the F-35 vs. say, PAK FA. Really speaks volumes insofar as who's ahead in that area.

I was half expecting the leather scarf, after I say the PAK FA helmet pic!


I love the PAK FA helmet....gives the wearer a mushroom head appearance :mrgreen:
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Unread post23 Nov 2014, 04:36

Ah... but what you don't know is the PAK-FA helmet uses thought-control technology derived from the Firefox prototype :D
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Unread post19 Dec 2014, 21:33

Is there a word for this Original HMDS I Louie Da Fly getup? http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/i ... ing_lg.jpg
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