F-16 & A-10A OFT Simulators Flight Systems Development & Test
AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT FIELD OH
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This paper discusses flight systems development and test issues of the Air Forces F-16 and A-10 Operational Flight Trainers OFT for flight controls, performance, and stability and control. Brief descriptions of the aircraft, simulators and their hardware, and flight systems software are presented. The basic design data base is described simulator test techniques are presented and some of the more interesting flight system simulation test problems and their resolutions are discussed. The success of initial government flight systems testing of the F-16 OFT was aided by early user pilot involvement in system design and operation. This paper also contends that the greatest amount of transfer of training simulator to aircraft for flight systems operation and performance is obtained with a design philosophy which replicates cockpit features, visual cues, and the performance of the actual aircraft. The paper concludes with suggested future methods to improve simulation performance and test efficiency.
- Military Aircraft Operations