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Human Pilot Dynamics in Compensatory Systems: Theory, Models, and Experiments with Controlled Element and Forcing Function Variations

Report Number: AFFDL TR 65-15
Author(s): Duan McRuer; Dunstan Graham; Ezra Krendel; William Reisener, Jr.
Corporate Author: Systems Technology, Inc.; The Franklin Institute
Laboratory: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1965-07
Pages: 216
Contract: AF 33(616)-7501
Project: 8219
Task: 821905
AD Number: AD0470337

The description of human pilot dynamic characteristics in mathematical terms compatible with flight control engineering practice is an essential prerequisite to the analytical treatment of manual vehicular control systems. The enormously adaptive nature of the human pilot makes such a description exceedingly difficult to obtain, although a quasi-linear model with parameters which vary with the system task variables had been successfully applied to many flight situations. The primary purposes of the experimental series reported are the validation of the existing quasi-linear pilot model, and the extension of this model in accuracy and detail.

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