FLIGHT EVALUATION OF THE EFFECT OF APPROACH SPEED ON PILOT PERFORMANCE.
Final rept. Oct 67-Apr 69,
PRINCETON UNIV N J DEPT OF AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL SCIENCES
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Simulated carrier approaches were flown by Navy carrier pilots in a variable stability airplane. The approaches were visual, in daylight, at three closure speeds. Moderate natural turbulence and the carrier turbulence wake were simulated. The longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics were maintained constant for the three approach speeds with the variable stability airplane. Measures of pilot performance in terms of altitude at the simulated ramp and touchdown distance from the ramp were obtained for the three approach speeds. These data were compared with similar performance measures of carrier approaches of combat experienced pilots. Author