Accession Number : ADA188519

Title :   User Perceptions of Side-Arm Flight Control in Rotary-Wing Aircraft.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : HUMAN ENGINEERING LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Schmidt, John K ; Elliott, Paul E ; DeBellis, William B

PDF Url : ADA188519

Report Date : Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : It is anticipated that conventional primary flight controls will be replaced by side-arm devices in future rotary-wing aircraft. Side-arm controls are projected to have certain ergonomic advantages that will greatly enhance a helicopter pilot's mission capability. Several studies have been conducted to test their feasibility, their handling qualities, and the optimal configuration; but little work has been done to anticipate what human factors implications side-arm controls will have once integrated into the cockpit. Sixteen scout and attack helicopter pilots were interviewed regarding side-arm primary flight controls. Interviewee responses reflected some new as well as already identified problem areas. The authors suggest that these issues be addressed before actual implementation is made.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, ATTACK AIRCRAFT, ATTACK HELICOPTERS, COCKPITS, HELICOPTERS, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, OPTIMIZATION, PERCEPTION, PILOTS, ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT, USER NEEDS, CONTROL STICKS

Subject Categories : Flight Control and Instrumentation
      Helicopters

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE