A Safety Evaluation of the Relocation of the ACM (Air Combat Maneuver) Panel in the F-14 ( )/AIP (Avionics Integration Program).
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA AIRCRAFT AND CREW SYSTEMS TECHNOLO GY DIRECTORATE
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A goal of the F-14 Avionics Integration Program AIP is to increase the field-of-view of the pilots Head-up Display HUD. One way to accomplish this would be to move the HUD closer to the pilot. However, if this were done, the Air Combat Maneuvering Panel ACM, which is located on the face of the HUD housing, would either intrude, by approximately 1.25 inches, into the ejection envelope or the ACM panel functions would have to be redistributed throughout the F-14 cockpit. A computer simulation of ejection clearance was performed using a digitized representation of the F-14 cockpit with the relocated HUD. This study was complemented by three live subject ejection tower tests using a foam board representation of the revised ACM panel position. Both the analytical study and the tower tests indicate that the relocation of the ACM panel poses little risk of causing interference during ejection. However, extensive testing, using optimum fidelity seat performance and simulated cockpit structure, would be required to qualify the revised configuration if this option were to be implemented.
- Escape, Rescue and Survival
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems