Automatic Evaluation of Spatial Disorientation


  • Petr Frantis University of Defence in Brno, Czech Republic
  • Antonin Petru Czech Air Force, Czech Republic



flight illusion, detection, simulator, spatial disorientation


The paper discusses the automated detection of spatial disorientation from recorded flight data. The first part of the paper briefly introduces middle ear function and its influence on spatial disorientation. The specially developed simulator and aerodrome manoeuvre flown by the pilot during the experiment is also mentioned. The second part of the paper analyses the recorded data from experimental flights and proposes an algorithm for the automatic evaluation of spatial disorientation. An example graphical interpretation of the recorded data is provided with a clear explanation of the important parameters. At the end of the paper, the most important conclusions of the work are presented.

Author Biographies

  • Petr Frantis, University of Defence in Brno, Czech Republic

    ltCol. Department of Communication and Information Systems, University of Defence

  • Antonin Petru, Czech Air Force, Czech Republic

    Lt. Czech Air Force


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How to Cite

Automatic Evaluation of Spatial Disorientation. (2018). Advances in Military Technology, 13(2), 185-192.

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