Evaluation of the Usefulness of Various Simulation Technology Options for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) Enhancement.
ANALYTICAL MECHANICS ASSOCIATES INC MOUNTAIN VIEW CA
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Current approved terminal instrument procedures TERPS do not permit the full exploitation of the helicopters unique flying characteristics. Enhanced TERPS need to be developed for a host of non-standard landing sites and navigation aids. Precision navigation systems such as MLS and GPS open the possibility of curved paths, steep glide slopes, and decelerating helicopter approaches. This study evaluated the feasibility, benefits, and liabilities of using helicopter cockpit simulators in place of flight testing to develop enhanced TERPS criteria for non-standard flight profiles and navigation equipment. Near-term 2-5 year requirements for conducting simulator studies to verify that they produce suitable data comparable to that obtained from previous flight tests are discussed. The long-term 5-10 year research and development requirements to provide necessary modeling for continued simulator-based testing to develop enhanced TERPS criteria are also outlined. Author
- Military Aircraft Operations