Human performance

The objective of the research area HUMAN PERFORMANCE is to enhance the understanding of the effect of extreme conditions’ stressors (physical and cognitive) on human performance.


The environment and/or the ever evolving technology in military aerospace creates extreme conditions for the pilot, aircrew or maintainer to work in.


The so-called stressors that affect human performance in extreme conditions in military aerospace are the following:

– G-load
– Spatial Disorientation
– Hypoxia
– Degraded Visual Environment
– Thermal burden
– Noise
– Information overload
– Automation surprise / startle
– Fatigue


The R&D activities of Aeolus in the area of “Human Performance” can address the following (sub)topics:


– Cockpit
– Cabin

Human performance

– Fields of expertise: psychology, physiology, human movement science, operational analysis
– Physical performance: Flying skills, man-in-the-loop simulation
– Cognitive performance: Spatial disorientation, cognitive task performance
– Operational effectiveness

Human comfort and safety

– Cardiovascular: G-tolerance, cardiac output, cardiac rhythm disturbances, intra-ocular pressure
– Neuro-vestibular: Motion sickness, eye-hand coordination, postural balance post-flight
– Musculoskeletal: Cervical load, back pain, vibrations
– Respiratory: Oxygen saturation
– Psychological: “Break off” phenomenon, panic (e.g., claustrophobia), Bio-feedback, stress management


The R&D activities can support the development of various products, such as:

– Selection criteria: e.g. physical and mental condition, medication
– Training programs: e.g. spatial disorientation training, practice of critical flight phase, edutainment programs
– Equipment