A Multivariate Approach to Handling Qualities Rating Scale Development.
Final rept. 1 Jun-30 Sep 79,
SYSTEMS RESEARCH LABS INC DAYTON OHIO
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Recent advances in aircraft handling qualities indicate the possibility that a small number of physical dimensions can be used for handling qualities quantification. Several candidate metrics for handling qualities now exist which form a portion of the set required. An exploratory study was conducted to evaluate the use of multivariate analysis techniques for identification of the necessary physical dimensions of handling qualities. It is concluded that the Cooper-Harper scale can be considered a direction in the space defined by the first few principal components of the experimental variance-covariance matrix. A simulation experiment is proposed which should permit development of a set of nonadjectival rating scales which will complement the Cooper-Harper scale, reduce the variability of pilot rating data, and better support the flight test identification of handling deficiencies. Author
- Statistics and Probability
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems