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Flight Control Software to Help Pilots Stick Landings Aboard Carrier Decks

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Flight Control Software to Help Pilots Stick Landings Aboard Carrier Decks

Post by el on Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:55 am

The new algorithm embedded in the flight control software augments the landing approach. Coupled with an experimental shipboard light system called a Bedford Array and accompanying cockpit heads-up display symbols, the software ties the movement of the pilot's control stick directly to the aircraft's flight path. Instead of constantly adjusting the plane's trajectory indirectly through attitude changes, the pilot maneuvers the aircraft to project a dotted green line in the heads-up display over a target light shining in the landing area.

"It is almost like a video game," said James "Buddy" Denham, the senior engineer who has been leading the research and development efforts at Naval Air Systems Command. "You're tracking a shipboard stabilized visual target with a flight path reference, and the airplane knows what it needs to do to stay there."
http://www.navy.mil/SEARCH/print.asp?story_id=63365&VIRIN=&imagetype=0&page=1
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