Accession Number : AD0766070

Title :   Investigation of Manual Control in Secondary Flight Tracking Tasks.

Descriptive Note : Annual technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MCDONNELL DOUGLAS ASTRONAUTICS CO-EAST ST LOUIS MO

Personal Author(s) : Curtin,James G. ; Emery,John H. ; Drennen,Thomas G.

Report Date : 15 AUG 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : Four radar control configurations were evaluated for a target acquisition and tracking task as part of a research program directed to control simplification. Control variables included type of control action (displacement or force), location (integrated into throttles or independent), and personal equipment (gloves or no gloves). The four controls were compared for a simulated air-to-ground weapons delivery mission with two navigation segments and a target tracking phase. Sixteen pilots served as subjects in the study. The experimental task was performed in a part-task simulator, employing a PDP-12 general purpose digital computer, a fixed-base crew station configured to resemble an attack aircraft, and the necessary interface software and equipment. Target acquisition and tracking data, time-on-target, and flight command deviations for pitch and roll attitude and airspeed control were recorded. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*PILOTS, *RADAR TRACKING), (*AERIAL GUNNERY, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING), (*NAVAL AIRCRAFT, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), TARGET ACQUISITION, CONTROL KNOBS, FLIGHT CLOTHING, DISPLAY SYSTEMS, RADAR EQUIPMENT, SIMULATION, AERODYNAMICS

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE