Accession Number:

ADA010834

Title:

Evaluation of an Integrated Electronic Instrument Display for Helicopter Hover Operations Using a Six-Degree-of-Freedom Fixed-Base Simulation

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

96.0

Abstract:

The report discusses the development and evaluation of an integrated electronic instrument display designed to help alleviate pilot work load and improve aircraft control during the precision hover task while flying solely by reference to instruments. The evaluation uses a hybrid computer system to implement a sixdegree-of-freedom fixed-base simulation of the SH-2F helicopter and a graphics processor to generate the integrated instrument display. Evaluation pilots were asked to rate the integrated display against conventional flight instruments after flying a simulated night over-water rescue mission. The evaluation revealed that the simulated aircraft dynamics were susceptible to pilot induced oscillations in a hover and, therefore, unsatisfactory for use as an evaluation tool. In general, the evaluation pilots considered the integrated display preferable to conventional cockpit instruments however, further study is recommended since meaningful quantitative data were not obtained.

Subject Categories:

  • Flight Control and Instrumentation
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE