FLIGHT EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTS OF SHORT PERIOD FREQUENCY AND NORMAL ACCELERATION RESPONSE IN CARRIER APPROACH.
Final rept. Apr-Jun 69,
PRINCETON UNIV NJ DEPT OF AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL SCIENCES
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The results of an aircraft flying qualities research program are presented. Navy test pilot evaluations in the form of pilot ratings and specific comments of several longitudinal handling characteristics were obtained for a simulated carrier landing task. The investigation made use of a variable stability aircraft which accurately simulated the longitudinal short period response characteristics and the effects of atmospheric turbulence. The flying qualities associated with variations in short period frequency, lift curve slope, and the use of direct lift control are presented. The data are compared with similar data obtained from flight and ground simulator tests. All configurations tested were found to be acceptable for the daylight visual carrier approach task, and only minor differences in the flying qualities of the configurations were evident. Author
- Military Aircraft Operations