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Electronic Coupled Active Sidesticks in Dual Pilot Helicopters for Instructional Flights

dos Santos Sampaio, Rodolfo (2017) Electronic Coupled Active Sidesticks in Dual Pilot Helicopters for Instructional Flights. In: 43rd European Rotorcraft Forum. 43rd European Rotorcraft Forum, 12.-15. Sep. 2017, Mailand, Italien.

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Notably in training flights, mechanical linkages between pilot’s and copilot’s controls are crucial to the pilot’s situation awareness and to takeover control maneuvers. However, in near-obstacle helicopter scenarios, the control transfer between pilots can lead to loss-of-control accident caused by interaction on inceptors, as safety reports indicate. As an alternative to mechanical linkages, the electronic cross-cockpit control coupling is introduced as a smart flight control system to actively decouple inceptors, and thus to mitigate this category of accidents. The paper proposes a novel methodology to evaluate the suitability of the Electronic Coupled Active Sidesticks to helicopter domain, particularly applied to training flights. Results point to the ability of the electronic coupling to effectively emulate the mechanical linkage between control stations and perform full interventions on the linked mode. Moreover, test pilots rated the system capable to decouple controls either by priority override pushbutton (manual) or by priority algorithm based on the logics of pilot activities (automatic force threshold).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/114397/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Electronic Coupled Active Sidesticks in Dual Pilot Helicopters for Instructional Flights
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
dos Santos Sampaio, RodolfoRodolfo.dosSantosSampaio (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:14 September 2017
Journal or Publication Title:43rd European Rotorcraft Forum
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Active inceptors; electronic coupling; flight control systems; Training.
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: dos Santos Sampaio, Rodolfo
Deposited On:10 Oct 2017 14:53
Last Modified:10 Oct 2017 14:53

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