Degraded Visual Environment induced Spatial Disorientation

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Pilot; Safety
Instructor: Tyson Phyllips

The class uses the framework from the US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) Helicopter Safety Enhancement (H-SE) 127A and the recommendations of the FAA Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ACT ARC) to teach the effects of degraded visual environments on the body and methods to train pilots to recognize the conditions conducive to spatial disorientation. The class will close with accident reviews.

Instructor Bio

Tyson Phillips is the cofounder of AT Systems, LLC, a Dallas, Texas–based aviation training company and co-inventor of the ATS Device, a patented in-aircraft training device for degraded visual environments including inadvertent entry into instrument meteorological conditions. Tyson cochaired the USHST HS-E 127A Recognition and Recovery of Spatial Disorientation Working Group and served as a member of the ACT ARC Spatial Disorientation Working Group.

In 2002, he joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a UH-60 crew chief. As a combat veteran of multiple deployments with the national guard, his aircraft qualifications include the UH-60A/L/M, multiple versions of the Army C-12, and the civilian EC145. He currently serves with the national guard as a standardization instructor pilot.

In addition to his military qualifications, Tyson has multiple FAA ratings including CFII-helicopter and commercial instrument single- and multi-engine (land) airplane.

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