A Flight Simulator Study of STOL Transport Longitudinal Control Characteristics.
DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT CO LONG BEACH CALIF
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An investigation of STOL transport terminal area characteristics was conducted in order to identify factors that may be significant in the establishment of longitudinal handling qualities criteria. The investigation was broad in scope, covering a wide range of longitudinal characteristics representative of STOL aircraft and STOL operating conditions. The use of a three-axis STOL flight director, a pitch stability argumentation system, and a direct-lift control device were also examined. Results of the study indicate that acceptable levels of certain longitudinal characteristics are functions of the piloting technique used for flight-path and speed control, and although pilots tend to adapt well to a wide variety of configurations, they still have definite control preferences based on their flight experience. Author
- Transport Aircraft
- Fluid Mechanics