Flight Simulator: Use of Spacegraph Display in an Instructor/Operator Station.
BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MA
Pagination or Media Count:
SpaceGraph is described as a new computer-driven display technology capable of showing space-filling images, i.e., images that are truly three-dimensional. This report details the findings on how this new technology can be used in, and in conjunction with, the InstructorOperator Station IOS of a flight simulator. In current practice, the location, altitude, and flight attitude of a simulated aircraft are graphically shown to the instructoroperator on flat screens. This dimensionally-mismatched form of data presentation creates a greater workload on the instructoroperator who must integrate several flat presentations into a mental construct of performance in three-dimensional space. Such space-filling data should be shown with a space-filling display, now that one exists. Unexpectedly, student pilots were also able to use the display directly. As a training aid intermediate between flying ones hands in the classroom and flying the big simulators, it would appear to be a new kind of low-cost, part-task training vehicle. It offers the realism of computer-produced flight dynamics but with a view of the aircraft rather than out of the aircraft. Author
- Humanities and History