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A simulator-based automated helicopter hover trainer-synthesis and verification

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4 Author(s)
Krishnakumar, K.S. ; Dept. of Aerosp. Eng., Alabama Univ., Tuscaloosa, AL, USA ; Sawal, D. ; Bailey, J.E. ; Dohme, J.A.

An approach to the application of flight simulators for automated training of novice student pilots, with limited human interaction, is presented. A hypothesis for automated human training is presented. On the basis of this hypothesis, a synthesis procedure for a simulator-based automated hover trainer is developed. The synthesis uses the theory of optimal control pilot modeling for designing varying levels of stability augmentation, which mimics certain aspects of an instructor pilot. Simulator implementation of the hover trainer utilizes an adaptive loop to provide continuous augmentation level changes based on the student's learning curve. Experimental verification of the hypothesis, using a group of neophytes, showed that neophytes could be successfully trained using the automated hover trainer

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 5 )