Accession Number : ADA119570

Title :   Evaluation of Helicopter Pilot's Attitude Control Using a Simulated Head-Up Display in a Simulated Helicopter Cockpit.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Stichter,Michael C

PDF Url : ADA119570

Report Date : Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : As demands on the aviator's aeronautical, technical, and tactical skills increase, so must the employment of advanced cockpit design concepts. Advanced systems make for a reduced crew workload and a safer, more proficient mission capable aircraft. Six designated helicopter pilots (Navy, Marine Corps and Army) were evaluated on their ability to fly a simulated instrument flight regime using only a head-up display as an attitude reference. Flight and control simulation was obtained through the construction of a generic helicopter cockpit, with dynamic gage indications generated by an analog computer. Two head-up display flights were flown with the display in the 12 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions. Their results were compared to an initial flight using cockpit instrumentation only. All three flights were identical profiles. Pilot performance was recorded graphically with strip charts and reduced into three performance zones. By averaging the percentage of time each pilot was in zone one, over each individual flight, it was shown that the average pilot's performance using the head-up display was within four to seven percentage points of their performance using only cockpit instrumentation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Flight simulators, *Head up displays, *Attitude control systems, Helicopters, Cockpits, Pilots, Simulation, Performance(Human), Test and evaluation, Questionnaires, Theses

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE