Flight mechanical evaluation of approaches

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Date: May-June 2011
From: Journal of Aircraft(Vol. 48, Issue 3)
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 179 words

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The task demand load experienced by a pilot while flying an approach is influenced by, among others, the following two factors: first, whether it is possible to meet the altitude and airspeed constraints defined at the waypoints, and second, whether it is possible to achieve a stabilized approach at 1000 ft. To be able to analyze an approach with respect to these two factors, a flight mechanical assessment tool based on a Monte Carlo simulation is presented in this paper. The Monte Carlo simulation predicts (given the aircraft, the standard operating procedures, the wind conditions, and the approach trajectory) the percentage of flights that will not meet the constraints at the waypoints and will not achieve a stabilized approach. The Monte Carlo simulation can be used by approach designers, as it will provide insight into the flight mechanical feasibility of an approach as well as give an indication of the task demand load that will be experienced by pilots. To demonstrate the results of the Monte Carlo simulation, a fictitious approach is considered in a case study. DOI: 10.2514/1.C031187

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