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Research on Actual Usage and Satisfaction of ROKAF Fighter Pilot's Flight Duty Uniform

공군 전투조종사 비행복 착용특성 및 만족도 조사

  • Lee, Ah Lam (Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University) ;
  • Nam, Yun Ja (Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University/ Research Institute of Human Ecology, Seoul National University) ;
  • Hong, Yu Hwa (Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University) ;
  • Im, Sojung (Headquarter of ROKAF) ;
  • Lim, Chae Keun (Defense Agency for Technology and Quality)
  • Received : 2015.11.25
  • Accepted : 2016.01.27
  • Published : 2016.08.31

Abstract

This study investigates Korean fighter pilot's usage and satisfaction of a flight duty uniform (FDU). The survey was conducted from October 2014 to March 2015 using Focus Group Interview (FGI) and questionnaires. FGI collected qualitative data about duty and requirements; subsequently, surveys were performed to collect quantitative data about wearing conditions and satisfaction with FDU. The results of the FGI and the questionnaire were as follows. Type of pilot duty was divided into two parts, flight duty and ground duty. It is important to consider duties as well as factors related to survival when developing FDU. According to anthropometric data and wearing size, the basic size for apparel grading should be changed from actual size, 'M95XL' to 'M100L'. It is also necessary to improve the whole sizing system. Further studies about body form changes in pilot's movement are needed to improve mobility because the respondents perceived some restrictions at several body parts in movement with the coverall uniform. Summer FDU had a low satisfaction level in vent hole function and appearance. Furthermore, protection problems in the vent hole were also an issue. Making a seasonal classification of FDU fabric will be more effective than a vent hole to increase a pilot's thermal satisfaction. Respondents had a passive stance towards FDU reform (including pocket change); therefore, a new FDU design strategy should concentrate on improving current FDU functions like mobility (or comfort) rather than dramatic changes. Pilots complained about the quality stability of FDU; therefore, quality control by military administration as well as concrete and clear design instructions by the developer should be attained together. The results obtained in this study are expected to be used as an important basis for the further development of FDU.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 중소기업청

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