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Simulation of Upset Recovery in Aviation

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233543

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    31 August 2012

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 925 243,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 713 934

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

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.
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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

AMST-Systemtechnik GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 589 688

BOEING RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY EUROPE S.L.U.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 246 266

FEDERAL STATE UNITERY ENTERPRISE GROMOV FLIGHT RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 281 150

FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE THE CENTRAL AEROHYDRODYNAMIC INSTITUTE NAMED AFTER PROF. N.E. ZHUKOVSKY

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 278 000

"Joint stock company Centre of Scientific and Technical Service ""Dinamika"""

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 164 750

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 173 914

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 305 118

DESDEMONA BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 148 019

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233543

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    31 August 2012

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 925 243,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 713 934

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

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