CH-47 c1: Disorientation in brown-out conditions

In this training course, pilots and loadmasters perform a number of (heavy) brown-out take-offs and landings according to the standardized procedures for operations in dust conditions. It is demonstrated that disorientation can be severe, but following the procedures aimed at maintaining spatial orientation minimizes the risks. The training scenario’s are based on real-life experiences in Iraq and Afganistan.

Training goal
To make crews aware of the different disorienting effects of dust clouds, and the mitigating effect of following the correct procedures to avoid losing spatial awareness.

Key learning points

  • Awareness of disorienting effects of dust clouds
  • Type-specific procedures for brown-out take-off and landing

Mission description