GENERAL AVIATION COCKPIT DISPLAY AND CONTROL SIMULATION.
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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An experiment was conducted to evaluate, by use of a general aviation simulator and airplane, typical versus experimental concepts of general aviation cockpit environments in an effort to reduce pilot workload and training time to operate an airplane in todays IFR environment and to meet the flight skills required for the instrument rating flight test. Phase I of the experiment examined the flight performance of a group of noninstrument-rated pilot subjects utilizing a cockpit environment typical of aircraft used for single engine instrument flight training. Phase II of the experiment examined the instrument flight performance of a similar group of pilots. Flight training was accomplished in an experimental cockpit environment consisting of improved cockpit displays, controls and instruments to provide maximum assistance to the pilot. Project results indicated a reduced pilot workload and training time to operate an aircraft in an IFR environment. An experimental flight training syllabus was utilized with both pilot groups. Phase III of the experiment examined the flight performance of the Phase II group in a conventional cockpit environment. The report also describes pilot performance and problem areas encountered during training and check flights in both the typical and experimental cockpit environments of the simulator and airplane. Author
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