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Workload Reduction through Steering Wheel Control for Rotorcraft

Schuchardt, Bianca I. (2017) Workload Reduction through Steering Wheel Control for Rotorcraft. In: 43rd European Rotorcraft Forum 2017, ERF 2017. 43rd European Rotorcraft Forum, 12.-15. Sep. 2017, Mailand, Italien.

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This paper reports on the development and investigation of a novel steering wheel control concept for highly augmented rotorcraft with fly-by-wire control. The main idea is to use a steering wheel as primary inceptor instead of the conventional centre stick. The existing yaw pedals are reprogrammed to function similar to accelerator and brake pedal in a car. The height can be controlled either via a conventional collective lever or via switches behind the wheel. An additional 8-way switch in the centre of the wheel is used for horizontal precision manoeuvres in the low speed regime. A fixed-base simulator study was performed in order to compare conventional and steering wheel control with respect to pilot workload. Three different user groups participated in the study, namely helicopter pilots, car drivers and test candidates with no experience in either driving or flying. The study showed that, especially for the car drivers, the perceived workload could be reduced when flying a helicopter with steering wheel.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/113617/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Workload Reduction through Steering Wheel Control for Rotorcraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Schuchardt, Bianca I.bianca.schuchardt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:12 September 2017
Journal or Publication Title:43rd European Rotorcraft Forum 2017, ERF 2017
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:rotorcraft, helicopter, steering wheel, control concept
Event Title:43rd European Rotorcraft Forum
Event Location:Mailand, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:12.-15. Sep. 2017
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:rotorcraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L RR - Rotorcraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - The Smart Rotorcraft (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Rotorcraft
Deposited By: Schuchardt, Dr.-Ing. Bianca Isabella
Deposited On:10 Oct 2017 14:42
Last Modified:20 Jun 2021 15:49

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