Handling qualities assessment of an autogiro

Bagiev, M. and Thomson, D. (2010) Handling qualities assessment of an autogiro. Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 55(3), p. 32003. (doi:10.4050/JAHS.55.032003)

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Abstract

This paper outlines the first steps in the development of handling qualities requirements for autogiros. The basic premise of the research is that the handling qualities requirements and prescribed maneuvers from ADS‐33E‐PRF document can be modified to suit an autogiro. Inverse simulation is proposed as a preliminary tool in designing autogiro maneuvers. A high fidelity, individual blade/blade element coupled rotor‐fuselage mathematical model of an autogiro is developed and successfully coupled with a generic inverse simulation algorithm to form an inverse simulation package. Two test maneuvers, slalom and acceleration‐deceleration, were performed during flight test trials of a fully instrumented Montgomerie‐Parsons research autogiro. This paper documents the results on autogiro handling qualities assessment based on subjective pilot comments. In conclusion, levels of handling qualities are defined for roll attitude quickness and pilot attack criteria for the autogiro slalom maneuver.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bagiev, Dr Marat and Thomson, Dr Douglas
Authors: Bagiev, M., and Thomson, D.
Subjects:T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of the American Helicopter Society
ISSN:0002-8711
Published Online:01 March 2010

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