The Polish Journal of Aviation Medicine, Bioengineering and Psychology

Kwartalnik Polskiego Towarzystwa Medycyny Lotniczej

2014, Volume 20, Issue 4

The Impact of the Combined Effects of Coriolis Illusion and Hypoxia on Saccadic Eye Movements during Flight Simulations

Krzysztof Kowalczuk1, Michał Janewicz1, Stefan Gaździński1, Marek Gąsik1, Rafał Lewkowicz1, Marcin Strojek1
1Military Institute of Aviation Medicine

Autor korenspondencyjny: Krzysztof Kowalczuk; Military Institute of Aviation Medicine; email: kkowalczuk[at]wiml.waw.pl

DOI: 10.13174/pjamp.20.04.2014.5

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The objective of this study was to verify the impact of the Coriolis eff ect and altitude hypoxia
of intensity typical for aviation on the eye movements of pilots using state-of-the art oculographic equipment. The activity of the eyes is one of the determinants of pilot’s spatial orientation during the flight. Even a short-timed loss of vision or impairment of the vision organ may lead to irreversible, often tragic consequences. Preliminary studies available to date were performed in the 1970s with no effect of interest being observed. However, much progress has been made in oculographic methods from that time.

Słowa kluczowe

Coriolis effect, eye movements, fixations, flight simulation, hypoxia, saccades