EVALUATION OF A PERSPECTIVE-VIEW COCKPIT DISPLAY FOR GENERAL AVIATION USING GPS

Andrew K. Barrows, Per Enge, Bradford W. Parkinson, and J. David Powell

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Abstract: A display that effectively utilizes 3-D differential GPS (DGPS) positioning was tested in piloted simulation and on a general aviation aircraft. This glass-cockpit instrument provides a natural, “out the window” view of the world, making the horizon, runway, and desired flight path visible to the pilot in instrument flight conditions. The flight path is depicted as a series of symbols through which the pilot flies the airplane. Altitude, heading, and airspeed are presented, along with lateral and vertical glidepath deviations. The budget, power, and form-factor constraints of light aircraft were addressed. Simulator tests and flight trials on a Piper Dakota aircraft were used to evaluate flight technical error on straight-in approaches flown with the tunnel display and with a typical Instrument Landing System (ILS) needle display. Additionally, the tunnel display provided lateral and vertical guidance on curved missed-approach procedures, for which ILS cannot provide positive course guidance.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 43, Number 1
Pages: 55 - 70
Cite this article: Barrows, Andrew K., Enge, Per, Parkinson, Bradford W., Powell, J. David, "EVALUATION OF A PERSPECTIVE-VIEW COCKPIT DISPLAY FOR GENERAL AVIATION USING GPS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 43, No. 1, Spring 1996, pp. 55-70.
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