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Computer simulation of a pilot in V/STOL aircraft control loopsThe objective was to develop a computerized adaptive pilot model for the computer model of the research aircraft, the Harrier II AV-8B V/STOL with special emphasis on propulsion control. In fact, two versions of the adaptive pilot are given. The first, simply called the Adaptive Control Model (ACM) of a pilot includes a parameter estimation algorithm for the parameters of the aircraft and an adaption scheme based on the root locus of the poles of the pilot controlled aircraft. The second, called the Optimal Control Model of the pilot (OCM), includes an adaption algorithm and an optimal control algorithm. These computer simulations were developed as a part of the ongoing research program in pilot model simulation supported by NASA Lewis from April 1, 1985 to August 30, 1986 under NASA Grant NAG 3-606 and from September 1, 1986 through November 30, 1988 under NASA Grant NAG 3-729. Once installed, these pilot models permitted the computer simulation of the pilot model to close all of the control loops normally closed by a pilot actually manipulating the control variables. The current version of this has permitted a baseline comparison of various qualitative and quantitative performance indices for propulsion control, the control loops and the work load on the pilot. Actual data for an aircraft flown by a human pilot furnished by NASA was compared to the outputs furnished by the computerized pilot and found to be favorable.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Vogt, William G. (Pittsburgh Univ. Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Mickle, Marlin H. (Pittsburgh Univ. Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Zipf, Mark E. (Pittsburgh Univ. Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Kucuk, Senol (Pittsburgh Univ. Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
January 31, 1989
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:184815
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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