Accession Number : ADP001131

Title :   The Effects of Sustained Acceleration, Airframe Buffet, and Aircraft Flying Qualities on Tracking Performance,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA

Personal Author(s) : Piranian,A. G.

Report Date : MAY 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : To determine the relative importance of some of the factors affecting the air-to-air tracking performance of a pilot airframe system, U.S. Navy test pilots performed tracking tasks in a centrifuge-mounted F-4 cockpit plus visual display. Sustained accelerations up to 5.0g, buffet intensities of up to + or - 0.5g, and lateral-directional flying qualities were varied independently, tracking performance being measured in terms of miss distance, percentage time within a fixed radius of the target, and pilot opinion ratings. Results show a dominant influence of flying qualities, significant influence of sustained acceleration, and negligible influence of airframe buffet. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Pilots, *Performance(Human), *Workload, *Man machine systems, Cockpits, Acceleration, Buffeting, Airframes, Tracking, Flight maneuvers, Simulators, Display systems, Control systems, Job analysis, Decision making, Tables(Data), Ratings, Workshops

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE