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A Flight Evaluation of a VTOL Jet Transport Under Visual and Simulated Instrument Conditions

by Curt A. Holzhauser ... [et al.]
Format
Book; Government Document; Online; EBook
Published
Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1972.
Language
English
Series
NASA Technical Note
Summary
A flight investigation was performed with the Dornier DO-31 VTOL to evaluate the performance, handling qualities, and operating characteristics that are considered to be important in the operation of a commercial VTOL transport in the terminal area. The DO-31, a 20,000 kilogram transport, has a mixed jet propulsion system; main engines with nozzles deflect from a cruise to a hover position, and vertical lift engines operated below 170 knots. This VTOL mode incorporates pitch and roll attitude and yaw rate stabilization. The tests concentrated on the transition, approach, and vertical landing. The mixed jet propulsion system provided a large usable performance envelope that enabled simulated IFR approaches to be made on 7 deg and 12 deg glide slopes. In these approaches management of thrust magnitude and direction was a primary problem, and some form of integrating the controls will be necessary. The handling qualities evaluation pointed out the need for additional research of define flight path criteria. The aircraft had satisfactory control and stability in hover out of ground effect. The recirculation effects in vertical landing were large below 15 meters.
Description
88 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
  • Cover title.
  • "March 1972"--Cover.
  • Major NASA subject terms: Aerodynamic Characteristics, Flight Conditions, Transport Aircraft, Vertical Takeoff Aircraft, Flight Paths, Flight Tests, Instrument Flight Rules, Jet Aircraft.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 26-27).
Series Statement
NASA technical note ; 6754
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