This work evaluates augmented reality (AR) training materials for general aviation (GA) weather training. Reviews of GA weather training identify gaps where students lack opportunities to experience weather patterns and lack the ability to correlate weather knowledge in weather-related situations. Three-dimensional (3D) visual models may help close the gaps by visualizing information about weather processes, hazards, and visual cues. A 3D AR thunderstorm model visualizes a single-cell thunderstorm clouds, winds, precipitation, lightning, and advective movement. Preliminary evaluation of the model was conducted through a subject matter expert (SME) review and a usability study. The SME review identified improvements to the model and areas for future content design. The usability study identified usability issues with the model. Insights about the design of weather visualizations are developed into recommendations. The approach will integrate 3D AR models into the weather training curriculum to create interactive print training.
Philippe Meister, Jack Miller, Kexin Wang, Michael C. Dorneich, Eliot Winer, Lori Brown, Geoff Whitehurst, "Using Three-Dimensional Augmented Reality to Enhance General Aviation Weather Training", Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Nov 2021, https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1071181321651163