DEVELOPMENT AND DEMONSTRATION OF A LIGHT AIRPLANE STABILITY AUGMENTATION SAFETY SYSTEM.
TACTAIR FLUID CONTROLS CORP BRIDGEPORT CONN
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Laboratory development work on the automatic SAS activation principle was followed by development flight testing of the complete SAS. Sufficient instrumented flight tests were performed to define the profiles of SAS recoveries. It was demonstrated that SAS will provide automatic recoveries from dives entered due to pilot disorientation or inattention without exceeding the airplanes FAA-approved flight boundaries. The resulting performance characteristics also have considerable utility throughout the normal flight regime, approximating the performance of some contemporary autopilots, except for command features. Author