Accession Number : ADA192130

Title :   Advanced Helicopter Cockpit and Control Configurations for Helicopter Combat Missions.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONUATICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION MOFFETT FIELD CA AMES RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Haworth, Loran A ; Atencio, Adolph, Jr ; Bivens, Courtland ; Shively, Robert ; Delgado, Daniel

PDF Url : ADA192130

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : Two piloted simulations were conducted by the U.S. Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate to evaluate workload and helicopter qualities requirements for single pilot operation in a combat Nap-of-the-Earth environment. The single-pilot advanced cockpit engineering simulation (SPACES) investigations were performed on the NASA Ames Vertical Motion Simulator, using the Advanced Digital Control System control laws and an advanced concepts glass cockpit. The first simulation (SPACES I) compared single pilot to dual crewmember operation for the same flight tasks to determine differences between dual and single ratings, and to discover which control laws enabled adequate single-pilot helicopter operation. The SPACES II simulation concentrated on single-pilot operations and use of control laws thought to be viable candidates for single pilot operations workload. Measures detected significant differences between dual-and single-pilot operation and between single-pilot task segments. Control system configurations were task dependent, demonstrating the need for an inflight reconfigurable control system to match the optimal control system with the required task.

Descriptors :   *HELICOPTERS, *FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, COCKPITS, CONFIGURATIONS, CONTROL THEORY, GLASS, LOW ALTITUDE, MANNED, MISSIONS, MOTION, OPTIMIZATION, PILOTS, RATINGS, SIMULATORS, VERTICAL ORIENTATION, WARFARE, WORKLOAD, STABILITY, FLIGHT PATHS, FLIGHT SIMULATION

Subject Categories : Flight Control and Instrumentation
      Helicopters

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE