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Informative feedback in jet-pilot control-stick motion

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1 Author(s)
Diamantides, N. D. ; Goodyear Aircraft Corporation, Akron, Ohio

In many closed-loop systems in which a human operator forms a link, the operator adds a special component to the error signal in continuously monitoring the system transfer function. Such a signal component, known in cybernetics as informative feedback, was found to be characteristically present in the control-stick motion of jet-airplane pilots. It was found, furthermore, that the amplitude of this feedback signal is subject to a learning process and that the over-all phenomenon, which falls within the scope of both control engineering and psychology, is amenable to quantitative analysis.

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American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Part II: Applications and Industry, Transactions of the  (Volume:76 ,  Issue: 5 )