VP Optimum Flight Path.
Final rept. 1 Nov 70-31 Aug 71,
HONEYWELL INC MINNEAPOLIS MINN SYSTEMS AND RESEARCH DIV
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Time optimal trajectoris for the P-3C ASW aircraft are developed. The optimization program is based on the use of the Energy State Approximation and a unique graphical construct. Certain features of the program are verified by comparison to NATOPS manual flight test results, while verification of the actual time savings reported requires implementation of a recommended flight test program. This study establishes that flight path optimization procedures and a minimal data base can now be used in improving operational performance. For the P-3C application, increases in the average transit speeds of up to to 70 knots were demonstrated.
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