Accession Number : ADA320281

Title :   A Historical Perspective of Aircrew Systems Effects on Aircraft Design.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Bauer, David O.

PDF Url : ADA320281

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 112

Abstract : The design of the aircrew workstation often has not been an orderly part of the overall aircraft design process but rather of much lower priority than the integration of the airframe and powerplant. However, the true test of the aircraft is how well the aircrew can use the aircraft for mission performance. NAVAIR has been seeking the establishment of an Aircrew Centered System Design discipline, to be addressed as an integral part of the global aircraft system design process. A baseline, historical understanding of how the aircrew have been integrated into the aircraft and mission is needed. An analysis was conducted of several significant airplanes from the Wright Flyer to the present, seeking those design factors which affected how well the aircrew were able to perform the design mission. The physical and attentional resources of the aircrew must be understood and accommodated by those designing the cockpit and other workstations. Aircrew members who are knowledgeable of, and experienced in the intended mission must be involved in the design process from the very earliest phases of concept definition.

Descriptors :   *COCKPITS, *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *AIRCRAFT DESIGN, AVIONICS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, FLIGHT CREWS, AERODYNAMIC STABILITY, THESES, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, AERODYNAMIC DRAG, JET FIGHTERS, WORK STATIONS, EJECTION SEATS, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, WORKPLACE LAYOUT, AVIATION SAFETY, FIXED WING AIRCRAFT, HYPERSONIC AIRCRAFT.

Subject Categories : Flight Control and Instrumentation
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Research and Experimental Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE