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Towards Handling Qualities Evaluations of a Personal Aerial Vehicle in Ground-Based and In-Flight Simulation

Schuchardt, Bianca I. (2015) Towards Handling Qualities Evaluations of a Personal Aerial Vehicle in Ground-Based and In-Flight Simulation. In: AHS 71st Annual Forum. American Helicopter Society. AHS 71st Annual Forum, 05.-07. Mai 2015, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.

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Abstract

This paper reports results from a study, conducted in a fixed-base helicopter simulator, to investigate the handling qualities of possible future Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAV) that are supposed to have VTOL capabilities like helicopters. A PAV simulation developed in the European project myCopter is used as baseline configuration. In preparation for actual flight tests on DLR’s in-flight simulator ACT/FHS an adapted version of the baseline configuration has been integrated into the model-based control environment of the ACT/FHS and evaluated on the ground-based ACT/FHS simulator. The results indicate acceptable to good model following. Finally, a third configuration with a novel steering wheel control concept is evaluated. The steering wheel replaces the conventional center stick. The other control axes are also redefined to resemble a carlike control concept for rotorcraft. The participating pilots gave better usability ratings for the conventional inceptor arrangement. Nevertheless, the detailed pilot ratings show that when the steering wheel is used the overall handling qualities can be improved while the subjective workload is reduced.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96318/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Towards Handling Qualities Evaluations of a Personal Aerial Vehicle in Ground-Based and In-Flight Simulation
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Schuchardt, Bianca I.bianca.schuchardt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2015
Journal or Publication Title:AHS 71st Annual Forum
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:American Helicopter Society
Status:Published
Keywords:helicopter, personal aerial vehicle, handling qualities, steering wheel
Event Title:AHS 71st Annual Forum
Event Location:Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:05.-07. Mai 2015
Organizer:American Helicopter 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:18 May 2015 14:22
Last Modified:18 May 2015 14:22

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