BASIC EXAMINATION OF THE DYNAMICS OF AIRCRAFT IN FORMATION FLIGHT.
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH NJ
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This report deals with the control of an aircraft in a formation-flight mode of operation. The purpose is to determine what information should be displayed to the pilot under IFR conditions to best approximate the performance achievable under VFR conditions. Several different types of IFR control concepts are examined, including newly developed acceleration commanding laws, and are compared to the VFR performance achievable in a UH-1B Army helicopter. The presently most popular IFR display, relative position error, is shown to be totally inadequate for tight control. Author