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Loss of control –inflight (LOC-I) has historically represented the largest category of commercial aviation fatal accidents. A review of the worldwide transport airplane accidents (2001-2010) evinced that loss of attitude or energy state awareness was responsible for a large majority of the LOC-I events. A Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) study of 18 worldwide loss-of-control accidents and incidents determined that flight crew loss of attitude awareness or energy state awareness due to lack of external visual reference cues was a significant causal factor in 17 of the 18 reviewed flights. CAST recommended that “Virtual Day-Visual Meteorological Condition” (Virtual Day-VMC) displays be developed to provide the visual cues necessary to prevent loss-of-control resulting from flight crew spatial disorientation and loss of energy state awareness. Synthetic vision or equivalent systems (SVS) were identified for a design “safety enhancement” (SE-200). Part of this SE involves theconduct ofresearch for developing minimum aviationsystem performance standards (MASPS) for these flight deck display technologies to aid flight crew attitude and energy state awareness similar to thatof a virtual day-VMC-like environment. This paper will describe a novel experimentalapproach to evaluating a flight crew’s ability to maintain attitude awareness and to prevent entry into unusual attitudes across several SVS optical flow design considerations. Flightcrews were subjected to compound-event scenarios designed to elicit channelized attention and startle/surprise within the crew. These high-fidelity scenarios, designed from real-world events, enable evaluation of the efficacy of SVS at improving flightcrew attitude awareness to reduce the occurrence of LOC-I incidents in commercial flight operations.