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Simulator Motion in Aviation System Design Research,
ILLINOIS UNIV SAVOY AVIATION RESEARCH LAB
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In three studies, the order of merit of four flight-directorattitude-indicator displays moving horizon, moving airplane, frequency-separated, and kinalog was assessed under three conditions of simulator motion no motion, normal GAT-2 simulator motion, and washout motion, and the results were compared to flight performance. Comparisons among the studies were made to determine whether or not performance on various display modes was differentially affected by simulator motion cues, and if so, what degrees and fidelity of simulator motion were required to produce results that generalized to flight performance. It was concluded that the presence or absence of motion cannot only affect absolute levels of performance, but different orders of merit among displays can occur. Specifically, inappropriate cockpit motion may be more misleading than no motion, whereas limited motion in pitch and roll that corresponds closely to the angular accelerations encountered in flight may be sufficient to produce generalizable research data on the relative merits of flight displays. Author Modified Abstract
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