The Maneuvering Flight Path Display - An Update,
NORTHROP CORP HAWTHORNE CA AIRCRAFT DIV
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The subject of flight trajectory displays has claimed the attention of a considerable body of engineers and engineering psychologists over the years, and a number of imaginative concepts have resulted from their efforts. Only within the last few years, however, did the computer technology advance to the state that some of these concepts could be implemented. One such concept is the Maneuvering Flight Path Display MFPD. The MFPD provides to the pilot an anticipatory, real-time presentation of the command flight path. The presentation depicts the solution of the desired trajectory, thus telling the pilot what to do and how to do it. This information is displayed without resorting to the traditional dials, scales, pointers or alphanumeric readouts. This paper discusses the results of IRD and contract work performed at the Aircraft Division of the Northrop Corporation on the Maneuvering Flight Display MFPD.