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Time Based Analysis of Control Activities and Information Requirements for V/STOL

Report Number: AFFDL TR 65-193
Author: Semple, Clarence A.
Author: Schwartz, Ronald W.
Corporate Author: Bunker-Ramo Corporation
Laboratory: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1966-06
Pages: 74
Contract: AF 33(657)-8600
Project: 6190
Task: 619011
AD Number: AD0480325

An analytic study was conducted to delineate operator control activities and information requirements associated with the operation of a hypothetical two-place V/STOL jet fighter aircraft. A vectored lift plus vectored lift-cruise propulsion configuration was assumed. A total V/STOL tactical mission was divided into nine mission segments. Commonalities among control activities during various mission segments are discussed. Short-field and vertical takeoff and landing segments received primary emphasis. Time histories of anticipated control activities during the takeoff and landing segments were analyzed in detail in order to determine information requirements for flight data displays and operational features of thrust vector and thrust magnitude controls. Based upon operator task loading estimates, a suggested gross division of crew duties is presented. Based upon experience gained in using cockpit mockups throughout the study, suggestions for functional groupings of panel console areas are included for a side-by-side seating arrangement.

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