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Usability of a Steering Wheel Control Concept for a Highly Augmented Personal Helicopter

Schuchardt, Bianca Isabella (2019) Usability of a Steering Wheel Control Concept for a Highly Augmented Personal Helicopter. In: VFS Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium. Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium, 29.-31.01.2019, Mesa, AZ, USA.

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Abstract

Recent developments in the sector of urban air mobility have also increased the interest in personal helicopters. Helicopters are typically controlled by center stick, collective lever and pedals, while sidesticks offer alternative arrangements. This paper reports on a third option: the control of a helicopter by steering wheel. The car-inspired steering wheel control concept prom-ises to be intuitively usable, especially for novice pilots with driving experience. The steering wheel replaces the center stick and the original yaw pedals are used for speed or acceleration commands. For altitude commands two different inceptors are proposed, either a conventional collective lever or rocker switches behind the steering wheel. Horizontal movements are commanded by an 8-way-switch on the wheel. In the paper both steering wheel configurations are compared to conventional helicopter controls in ground-based simulation. All investigated configurations received high usability ratings from the test group of helicopter pilots, while two groups of test candidates without flying experience gave better ratings for the control configurations with steering wheel compared to conventional helicopter controls.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126509/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Usability of a Steering Wheel Control Concept for a Highly Augmented Personal Helicopter
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Schuchardt, Bianca Isabellabianca.schuchardt (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1251-3594
Date:29 January 2019
Journal or Publication Title:VFS Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:urban air mobility, personal helicopter, rotorcraft, steering wheel control
Event Title:Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium
Event Location:Mesa, AZ, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:29.-31.01.2019
Organizer:Vertical Flight Society
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 Innovative Rotorcraft
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Rotorcraft
Deposited By: Schuchardt, Dr.-Ing. Bianca Isabella
Deposited On:19 Feb 2019 13:48
Last Modified:19 Feb 2019 14:06

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