EVALUATION OF THE RH-2 COCKPIT MOCK-UP.
BELL HELICOPTER CO FORT WORTH TEX
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This study represents one in a series of evaluations of the JANAIR concept of an IFR flight display system. The purpose of this experiment was to determine the feasibility of the cockpit layout and sub-panel design in terms of accessibility, operability in real time, the effect of training, and the performance of the required procedures. A concurrent objective was to examine means of improving the tested design. Testing was performed in a mock-up of the JANAIR Research Helicopter Number Two RH-2 located at Bell Helicopter Companys Flight Simulation Laboratory. Five subject pilots learned and performed procedures for all flight test maneuvers. The procedures encompassed all manipulatory tasks to be performed throughout the simulated flight. Performance measures taken included number of errors committed and time required to perform the procedures. Summary analyses of the findings indicate 1 the time allowed to perform the required procedures is realistic and sufficient so as to preclude overburdening a single operator in flight, 2 some control knobs and selectors were inconveniently located on the right side of the panel, and 3 minor revisions were indicated to optimize procedures performance. The significance of the results is discussed and recommendations for optimum control design are noted. Author
- Flight Control and Instrumentation
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems