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Simulation of Upset Recovery in Aviation

Objective

The aim of this research project is to investigate the usefulness of advanced flight simulator concepts for teaching pilots to detect and recover from flight upsets. The term “flight upset” indicates a situation when an aircraft in flight unintentionally exceeds the parameters normally experienced in line operations or training. Loss of control due to unsuccessful upset recovery is considered an important factor in civil aviation accidents. There is a clear need for the simulation of unusual flight attitudes, as a means to train pilots recovery procedures. Exercising these conditions in the real world is unsafe, expensive and, if performed in smaller aircraft, not representative of the situation in transport aircraft. Therefore, ground-based simulation of these extreme conditions is the only viable option for pilot instruction. However, at present, hexapod-based flight simulators used for pilot training are not equipped for this purpose, due to limitations of the mathematical aircraft models, and restricted simulator motion capabilities. We believe that ground-based simulation of upset recovery is feasible when innovations in different research areas will be adequately combined. To demonstrate this, real flight tests will be performed with transport aircraft in unusual attitudes. The recorded motion profiles will serve to extend mathematical aircraft models with engineering tools. In addition, current motion cueing software will be innovated to reproduce the high G-loads and extreme attitudes representative to upset recovery. Then the simulator concept will be evaluated on a new generation flight simulator (DESDEMONA) with advanced motion capabilities, and compared to hexapod-based flight simulators. The final outcome will be a set of requirements for successful ground-based simulation of upset recovery, which will contribute to better pilot training to identify and recover from flight upsets. Hence, this project contributes directly aircraft safety.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 781 279
Administrative Contact
Heather Griffioen-Young (Dr.)

Participants (9)

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 745 750
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
H Smaili (Mr.)
AMST-Systemtechnik GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 589 688
Address
Lamprechtshausner Str. 1
A-5282 Ranshofen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rolf Huhne (Mr.)
BOEING RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY EUROPE S.L.U.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 246 266
Address
Avenida Sur Del Aeropuerto De Barajas 38 Edif 4 Pl 4
28042 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francisco Escartí Carbonell (Mr.)
FEDERAL STATE UNITERY ENTERPRISE GROMOV FLIGHT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Russia
EU contribution
€ 281 150
Address
Garnaev Str 2
140182 Zhukovsky
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maksim Grigoryev (Mr.)
FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE THE CENTRAL AEROHYDRODYNAMIC INSTITUTE NAMED AFTER PROF. N.E. ZHUKOVSKY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 278 000
Address
Zhukovsky Str 1
140180 Zhukovsky
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Natalia Lunyakova (Ms.)
"Joint stock company Centre of Scientific and Technical Service ""Dinamika"""
Russia
EU contribution
€ 164 750
Address
Zhukovsky Str. 1
140180 Zhukovsky
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maksim Grigoryev (Mr.)
DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 173 914
Address
The Gateway
LE1 9BH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Phil Summers (Mr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 305 118
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Patrice Wegener (Mr.)
DESDEMONA BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 148 019
Address
Kampweg 5
3769 DE Soesterberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johan Eberhard De Graaf (Dr.)