An analysis of the effect of a flight director on pilot performance in a helicopter hovering task

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Authors
Duffy, Timothy William
Subjects
Cockpit display
Helicopter simulation
Hover task
Flight director
Pilot performance
Advisors
Hess, Ronald A.
Date of Issue
1976-03
Date
March 1976
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
A fixed-base simulator evaluator of a flight director for maintaining longitudinal control of a helicopter in the hover mode of operation was made. Test subjects performed ninety-second precision hovering tasks utilizing two cockpit displays. The second display differed from the first only by the addition of the flight director indicator. The helicopter and each display were simulated on a hybrid computer. the hovering task consisted of minimizing root mean square longitudinal and vertical derivation from an initial equilibrium position. Root mean square performance data and numerical pilot opinion ratings were obtained. These data indicated significant improvement in performance when the flight director was being utilized.
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Department
Department of Aeronautics
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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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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