Reducing Rotary Wing Aircraft Development Time/Cost through the Use of Simulation,
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELICOPTER CO MESA AZ
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Advances in simulation technology have made man-in-the-loop simulation highly capable, desirable and affordable for rotorcraft design and development. Since the use of simulation as a design tool is relatively new to the helicopter industry, the U.S. ArmyMcDonnel Douglas Helicopter Company AH-64A Apache is used as an example to evaluate the potential cost and time savings realizable through the use of simulation. It is shown that a modern full mission engineering simulator when used effectively could provide cost savings of several millions of dollars, and could reduce helicopter development and flight test by at least a year or two. The means to exploit the full potential of simulation during rotorcraft design, development and test are also discussed.
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