THE USE OF PILOT RATING IN THE EVALUATION OF AIRCRAFT HANDLING QUALITIES
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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Pilot rating scales and their use in assessing aircraft handling qualities are reviewed historically, and objections that have been raised to limitations of earlier scales are considered in the development of a revised scale. Terminology used in the evaluation of handling qualities is reviewed and new definitions are proposed to improve communication and international understanding. Of particular significance is the new definition of handling qualities, which emphasizes the importance of factors that influence the selection of a rating other than stability and control characteristics. The experimental use of pilot rating is discussed in detail, with special attention devoted to 1 clarifying the difference between mission and task, 2 identifying what the rating applies to, 3 considering the pilots assessment criteria, and 4 defining the simulation situation. The important elements of the report are then summarized in a suggested Briefing Guide, designed for guidance in planning and executing handling qualities experiments.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems