Accession Number : ADP000670

Title :   The Maneuvering Flight Path Display - An Update,

Corporate Author : NORTHROP CORP HAWTHORNE CA AIRCRAFT DIV

Personal Author(s) : Watler,J. Frank , Jr. ; Logan,Wayne B.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The subject of flight trajectory displays has claimed the attention of a considerable body of engineers and engineering psychologists over the years, and a number of imaginative concepts have resulted from their efforts. Only within the last few years, however, did the computer technology advance to the state that some of these concepts could be implemented. One such concept is the Maneuvering Flight Path Display (MFPD). The MFPD provides to the pilot an anticipatory, real-time presentation of the command flight path. The presentation depicts the 'solution' of the desired trajectory, thus telling the pilot 'what to do' and 'how to do it'. This information is displayed without resorting to the traditional dials, scales, pointers or alphanumeric readouts. This paper discusses the results of IR/D and contract work performed at the Aircraft Division of the Northrop Corporation on the Maneuvering Flight Display (MFPD).

Descriptors :   *Display systems, *Flight paths, *Flight maneuvers, *Man machine systems, *Head up displays, Trajectories, Flight speeds, Altitude, Real time, Integrated systems, Man computer interface, Information processing, Decision making, Human factors engineering, Cockpits, Flight instruments, Instrument panels

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE