Structural Mode Effects on Flying Qualities in Turbulence
Final rept. 6 Dec 71-19 Aug 1973
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL LOS ANGELES CA LOS ANGELES AIRCRAFT DIV
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Pilot performance parameters, such as pilot ratings, tracking errors, and pilot response characteristics, are determined for two longitudinal tracking tasks, using a large, flexible bomber in a turbulent environment. The two tasks, terrain following and air refueling, were accomplished on a limited, six-degrees-of-freedom motion simulator. The effect of structural motion on pilot performance and opinion and the correlation with pilot ratings are of concern for potential application in pilot rating prediction methods. The study results indicate the motion effects of turbulence and structural flexibility do not affect pilot performance or pilot opinion in the two tasks evaluated.