Accession Number : AD0711296

Title :   A SIMULATOR EVALUATION OF PILOT PERFORMANCE AND ACCEPTANCE OF AN AIRCRAFT RIGID COCKPIT CONTROL SYSTEM.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Layton,Donald M.

Report Date : 15 JUL 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 96

Abstract : A ground-based simulator facility employing a two-axis compensatory tracking task with a random appearing signal was used to evaluate the performance of one hundred five pilot and non-pilot test subjects using four separate control sticks -- two moveable and two rigid. Pilot acceptance of the rigid cockpit controllers was determined by comparing individual pilot ratings of the sticks. In general, in both performance and opinion, the rigid systems were found to be superior to their moveable counterparts. Steps were taken to avoid errors due to pilot bias, learning, fatigue, or adaptation. The results obtained are subject to several test limitations, including the low stick-force levels employed the lack of aircraft vibration effects, and the realism of the simulation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PILOTS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), (*FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, ACCEPTABILITY), (*CONTROL STICKS, ACCEPTABILITY), FLIGHT SIMULATORS, COCKPITS, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, PUBLIC OPINION

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE