Accession Number : ADP006032

Title :   Reducing Rotary Wing Aircraft Development Time/Cost through the Use of Simulation,

Corporate Author : MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELICOPTER CO MESA AZ

Personal Author(s) : Ramachandran, S. ; Richeson, W. E. ; Borgman, D. C.

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Advances in simulation technology have made man-in-the-loop simulation highly capable, desirable and affordable for rotorcraft design and development. Since the use of simulation as a design tool is relatively new to the helicopter industry, the U.S. Army/McDonnel Douglas Helicopter Company AH-64A (Apache) is used as an example to evaluate the potential cost and time savings realizable through the use of simulation. It is shown that a modern full mission engineering simulator when used effectively could provide cost savings of several millions of dollars, and could reduce helicopter development and flight test by at least a year or two. The means to exploit the full potential of simulation during rotorcraft design, development and test are also discussed.

Descriptors :   *COST ANALYSIS, *ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT, AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, ENGINEERING, FLIGHT TESTING, HELICOPTERS, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, MISSIONS, SAVINGS, SIMULATION, SIMULATORS, TIME.

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE