Aviation Safety and Pilot Control: Understanding and Preventing Unfavorable Pilot-Vehicle Interactions

Overview

Adverse aircraft-pilot coupling (APC) events include a broad set of undesirable and sometimes hazardous phenomena that originate in anomalous interactions between pilots and aircraft. As civil and military aircraft technologies advance, interactions between pilots and aircraft are becoming more complex. Recent accidents and other incidents have been attributed to adverse APC in military aircraft. In addition, APC has been implicated in some civilian incidents.
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Overview

Adverse aircraft-pilot coupling (APC) events include a broad set of undesirable and sometimes hazardous phenomena that originate in anomalous interactions between pilots and aircraft. As civil and military aircraft technologies advance, interactions between pilots and aircraft are becoming more complex. Recent accidents and other incidents have been attributed to adverse APC in military aircraft. In addition, APC has been implicated in some civilian incidents.
This book evaluates the current state of knowledge about adverse APC and processes that may be used to eliminate it from military and commercial aircraft. It was written for technical, government, and administrative decisionmakers and their technical and administrative support staffs; key technical managers in the aircraft manufacturing and operational industries; stability and control engineers; aircraft flight control system designers; research specialists in flight control, flying qualities, human factors; and technically knowledgeable lay readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309056885
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/1997
  • Pages: 220

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Aircraft-Pilot Coupling Problems: Definitions, Descriptions, and History 14
2 Varieties of Aircraft-Pilot Coupling Experience 30
3 Aircraft-Pilot Coupling as a Current Problem in Aviation 81
4 Precluding Adverse Aircraft-Pilot Coupling Events 88
5 Simulation and Analysis of the Pilot-Vehicle System 106
6 Criteria for Assessing Aircraft-Pilot Coupling Potential 126
7 Findings and Recommendations 161
A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members 171
B: Participants in Committee Meetings 176
C Details of Aircraft-Pilot Coupling Examples 181
D: Research 192
Acronyms 197
Glossary 199
References 203
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