This research investigates the impact of changing weather conditions on the crew members who sit in a side-by-side cockpit, which is unusual for attack helicopters. Extensive review conducted by the authors fails to locate similar studies; hence a helicopter simulator is developed in order to conduct the experiments. The simulator represents the realistic flight characteristics as well as the digital cockpit instruments that contain the advanced mission equipment. During the experiments, a camcorder is used to record the pilots to accurately analyze the task completion time and the physical motions of both pilots. NASA-TLX is also used to collect the workload data to assess the impact of task assignments among the pilots. The analytical findings from this study will be instrumental in improving the cockpit design for enhanced mission effectiveness.
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