Autopilot Performance Evaluation Tornado Experience and Future Applications,
AERITALIA S P A TURIN (ITALY) GRUPPO SISTEMI AVIONICI ED EQUIPAGGIAMENTI
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Extensive autopilot system performance evaluations have been conducted on TORNADO Prototype 05 and 09. Several problems affecting equipments, control laws, system integration hardware and software were discovered and studied. The activity took advantage from various computing and simulation facilities to analyse data from fast data transmission lines and an avionic integration rig with real-time closed-loop simulation capability. Lessons learnt are reported. Trends for next trials conduct are discussed outlining engineering activities and ground facilities needs i.e. simulation and system rig, required to support flight testing of prototype avionic systems.