Accession Number : AD0730346

Title :   Category 2 - A Simulation Study of Low Visibility Approaches and Landings at Night.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s) : Brown, A. D.

Report Date : MAR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : The report describes the design, execution and results of a flight simulator experiment to investigate the problems of aircraft operating in Category 2 conditions. Both military and airline pilots participated and over 500 manual approaches were performed using a flight director. The effects of decision height, contact time, lateral offset, visual sequence and visual segment on the approach success (the ratio of landings to approaches) are examined and a curve relating this parameter to visual segment, the predominant factor, is determined. The influence of different visual sequences on pilot performance during the approach and landing is also considered and some observations are made about the crew techniques employed during the experiment; techniques which appeared to have certain deficiencies. (Author)

Descriptors :   *NIGHT LANDINGS, *VISIBILITY, *APPROACH, AVIATION SAFETY, PILOTS, DECISION MAKING, FLIGHT SIMULATORS, ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE, GREAT BRITAIN.

Subject Categories : Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE