June 11, 2020

Carleton University Lab Recruiting Volunteer Pilots



By Kathleen Van Benthem and Anya Pejemsky, Carleton University

The Advanced Cognitive Engineering (ACE) Lab at Carleton University, located in Ottawa, specializes in research regarding transport safety. Given the current physical distancing restrictions, the ACE Lab is seeking volunteers to participate in two upcoming ‘virtual’ studies that will be of interest to the aviation community.

The first study represents the next phase of our validation of the CANFLY, a cognitive health screening tool for pilots. For the CANFLY study, participants will answer short questions about situation awareness after watching four short interactive video clips of flight scenarios.

The second study, ‘Visual Illusions in Virtual Reality Flight Simulation’, explores the presence and impact of flight-related visual illusions in 3D virtual reality (VR) environments. This study is innovative, as it is seeking licensed pilots who have access to 3D VR systems like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. During the study, participants will complete several guided flight scenarios through virtual meeting means. The results of this study will provide us with insight into the validity of training and testing pilots for flight illusions using economical VR systems.

For both studies, pilots of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to participate. Rather than having to attend our physical laboratory, we are modifying our research methods so that data can be collected from pilots in the comfort of their own homes. As always, the data will be completely anonymized, as we do not ask for person identifiers and IP addresses are not trackable through our platform. Note that the project will be conducted only in English.

For further inquiries or to indicate interest in participating in one or both of the upcoming studies you can respond via email, or check out the study links on our website.

We thank you for your interest and hope to hear from you soon.