A historical perspective of aircrew systems effects on aircraft design

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Authors
Bauer, David O.
Subjects
Aircrew centered systems design
airplane design
human factors
cockpit design
Advisors
Newberry, Conrad F.
Date of Issue
1996-09
Date
September 1996
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
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.
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Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School
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Format
ix, 102 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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