1946-01-01

SIMPLIFYING THE AIRPLANE FOR THE PRIVATE OWNER 460241

SAFETY in private flying will result, the author claims, not from simplified airplanes but from a simplified method of operating them.
The author offers as a solution to this problem of operational simplicity a general specification for private airplanes such that the operation will make maximum use of the conditioned reflexes of an automobile driver.
The problem resolves itself, according to the author, into the following factors:
  1. 1.
    Elimination of need for coordination.
  2. 2.
    Elimination of need for depth perception.
  3. 3.
    Elimination of nose-down contact with ground.
  4. 4.
    Reduction of minimum cruising speed to decrease need for visibility.
  5. 5.
    Reduction of landing speed.
  6. 6.
    Reduction of temptation to carelessness.
Let us cease trying to mold people to fit the airplane, the author pleads, and let us fit the airplane to people as they are.

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