1985-10-14

Pilot Interface with Fly-By-Wire Control Systems 851836

The purpose of this paper is to describe what may be a problem of pilot interface with fly-by-wire control systems. To do so it is necessary to describe some differences between manual and automatic control of aircraft, explain the evolution of the problem, and question why some would so easily accept a change in the basic way a pilot flies an airplane. This paper should not be construed as an argument against fly-by-wire. It isn't. Bather, it is an argument for a fly-by-wire control system that interfaces with the pilot in a manner similar to current airplanes with good flying characteristics.

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