Accession Number : ADA113463

Title :   Manual Reversion Flight Control System for A-10 Aircraft: Pilot Performance and Simulator Cue Effects.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Gray,Thomas H

PDF Url : ADA113463

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : The A-10 aircraft incorporates an emergency backup control mode, the Manual Reversion Flight Control System (MRFCS). Maintaining effective control in this mode is a demanding pilot task, but it is not practiced in the flying training syllabus. Because current plans call for training this skill using simulation, information was needed on simulator cue requirements. Accordingly, the research objective was to determine the effectiveness of selected simulator visual and force cues used by experienced A-10 pilots to maintain aircraft control and to land when in the MRFCS mode. The study found that (a) a large field of view enhanced the pilot's control of the aircraft, (b) platform motion had no influence upon aircraft control, (c) aircraft control was more difficult in the MRFCS mode than in the simple single engine failure state, (d) point of failure was a significant variable reliably affecting pilot control of the aircraft, and (e) pilot performance improved as a function of practice (trials). (Author)

Descriptors :   *Flight simulators, Computer aided instruction, Computer programming, Flight control systems, Backup systems, Emergencies, Manual operation, Visual aids, Display systems, Pilots, Skills, Performance(Human), Variables, Aircraft landings, Data acquisition, Test methods, Systems analysis, Attack aircraft, Bomber aircraft, Computerized simulation

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE