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Master of Science


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

First Advisor

Brian Jones, PhD


Many handling qualities criteria have been developed which predict pilot opinion of landing aircraft. MIL-STD-1797A, 'Flying Qualities of Piloted Aircraft' lists six different criteria. However, applying all six criteria to one aircraft can lead to conflicting results. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) along with the Flight Dynamics Laboratory have conducted research to evaluate differences among the handling qualities criteria in MIL-STD-1797A. The overall objective of this thesis was to determine similarities and discrepancies between the Control Anticipation Parameter (CAP) and bandwidth criteria, and to evaluate the advantage of including a dropback criterion with the bandwidth criterion. Results of this research will be used to derive a more clear-cut, generally acceptable, comprehensive flying qualities criteria predicting pilot opinion for the next revision of MIL-STD-1797A. Research was conducted in two phases. Phase I was conducted at AFIT. There the CAP domain was mapped onto the bandwidth and bandwidth with dropback criteria revealing where the criteria agreed and disagreed. Phase II was conducted at the USAF Test Pilot School. The test team used the Variable-Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA) to simulate aircraft and obtain actual pilot opinion in the areas of agreement and conflict found in Phase I.

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