טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentEran Hemed
SubjectDesign of the Flight Control Laboratory Simulator
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisors Professor Nabarro Ron
Professor Grunwald Arthur


Abstract

This project addresses technical, ergonomic and product image issues associated with the redesign of the Flight Control Laboratory Simulator at the Technion Faculty of Aeronautics and Space, which is used primarily for research and development.


The hypothesis at the root of this paper was that a credible, useful and reasonably authentic cockpit environment may be produced if the simulated cockpit contains a minimal number of “typical” representative visual cues of a cockpit. Sufficiently high level of simulation fidelity will be achieved despite the fact that the resulting physical environment is not similar to any one of the real world samples.

    Main objectives of the research were:

  1. -   Identification of the characteristic elements of a generic (“central member”) cockpit
  2. -   Rating the elements according to their subjective degree of importance to pilots
  3. -   Identification of the relation between the Level of Detail of cockpit elements and pilot appraisal of the simulation fidelity
  4. -   Identification of the relation between external appearance of the simulator and pilot appraisal of the simulation fidelity

    Aircrew population survey results were:
  • “External World View” is perceived by most as crucial in the creation of flight sensation and “External View” is similarly regarded as most important to the operation of the aircraft.
  • Location and appearance of the main display panel are correspondingly rated second in their importance to operation of the aircraft and perceived factor contributing to creation of the flight sensation.

Conceptual 3D model of the proposed simulator cabin was designed.  Feasibility of obtaining sufficient simulation fidelity by identification and implementation of a few essential elements in the simulator cabin has been established.