Author

Kashif Ali

Date of Award

11-2016

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Richard P. Anderson

First Committee Member

Dr. Hever Moncayo

Second Committee Member

Dr. Richard Prazenica

Third Committee Member

Prof. Glenn Greiner

Abstract

This thesis details the development of a simulator-based experiment in automotive- inspired controls for aircraft. The goal is to fuse the ease of drivability of a car with the flight of an aircraft. A standard automotive control hardware setup coupled with fly-by-wire control laws will allow non-pilots to fly a plane using their familiarity with driving a car. A mathematical description of the control law logic and controller implementation is presented and the human subjects' performance is measured from data collected during experimental testing of the simulator. Preliminary results indicate that non-pilots improve their path-tracking performance and reduce control activity within a short span of time achieving results comparable to those achieved by trained pilots.

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