Accession Number:

ADA534914

Title:

Cockpit Accommodation Assessment of the Bell 412CF Helicopter (Evaluation du Poste de Pilotage de l'Hellcoptere Bell 412CF)

Descriptive Note:

Technical memorandum

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TORONTO (CANADA)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

The Bell 412CF helicopter was recently added to the training curriculum to teach multi-engine, multi-crew and IFR skills. Nine Bell 412CF helicopters were produced from existing Griffons, which posed technical challenges. One such compromise was the routing of large bundles of wires either side of the main instrument panel. Some of these wire bundles were routed very close to the rotor pedals causing concerns about potential interference with their operation. The results of this study indicate that the routing of the wire bundles, while not ideal, is unlikely to impede operation of the rotor pedals when operated from the right seat in the worst8722case situation, namely with the pedal carriage fully forward with full left pedal actuation with size 13 winter boots. Overall, the results obtained from this small sample of student pilots indicate a fairly accommodating cockpit in terms of stick authority. Although individual students will experience differing degrees of stick authority, the vast majority should be able to find a seat position that will allow ample range of motion to carry out course syllabus manoeuvres.

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE