Accession Number : ADP005434

Title :   The Digital Colour Map Simplifies Ground Attack Operations,

Corporate Author : ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)

Personal Author(s) : Hussey,David W.

Report Date : FEB 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A pilot flying low and fast needs to know where he is all the time. He needs to know the nature of the local terrain and his actual track. He needs help in identifying waypoints, threats, and targets. He needs all this and more without distracting him from his attention to the safety of the aircraft and the overall demands of the mission. The ideal way to provide this information is as a continuous colour map, orientated track up, with all associated information overlayed. It must also be usable to day and by night. No currently available equipment can achieve all these aims satisfactorily, other than a digital colour map generator providing video to a multifunction colour CRT display. Such an equipment has been developed by GEC Avionics and successfully flight tested. Interest is now focussing on increasing the benefits that accrue from the use of the equipment in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, in training, operationally, and as an aid to mission planning. The ease with which the digital map database can be updated and overlayed is a factor. It is as useful during mission planning as it is to the pilot in the air. This paper considers how such a computer aid might be used and identifies some the increases in effectiveness that follow. (Author)

Descriptors :   *DIGITAL MAPS, COLORS, AVIONICS, PILOTS, DATA BASES

Subject Categories : Cartography and Aerial Photography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE