HELICOPTER, VTOL SHORTCOMINGS AIRED

Cockpit information display system deficiences are the weak points of helicopter and VTOL designs and may be the underlying cause of a significant percentage of operational accidents. There is an insufficient level of attention paid to the air data information presented to the crew and the level of human engineering that has been applied to the design of helicopters. Pilots still do not have cockpit instrument displays of basic information to enable them to have a manual backup. Existing cockpit displays in some aircraft are well behind the state-of-the-art from a human engineering standpoint. It is noted that current technology could develop a helicopter cockpit that would permit safe, single-pilot flight on instruments throughout the aircraft's flight evelope with the same confidence and precision that could be executed on a clear, calm day. Density altitude, flight path and speed through the air mass, continuous dynamic presentations of power and control margins available from instant to instant are additional parameters that should be readily available for the pilot's use.

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    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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    New York, NY  United States  10036
  • Authors:
    • Harlamor, S W
  • Publication Date: 1978-5-29

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  • Accession Number: 00178118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Aviation Week and Space Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM