The impact of handling qualities on the design of helicopters for the Nap‐of‐the‐Earth (NOE) mission is examined. Factors that affect pilot workload are of primary interest, and methods of reducing this workload applicable to a two‐bladed teetering rotor
are discussed. The NOE environment of low altitude and airspeed reduces the sources of excess power for maneuvering to engine power and rotor rotational energy. The High Energy Rotor System is shown to produce additional short duration power for maneuvers, enhance the autorotational capabilities,
improve handling qualities, and reduce pilot workload by requiring less attention to engine instruments in maneuvers with high power demands. Hub restraint is found to enhance general handling qualities and to provide sustained low‐g flight capability for teetering rotors. The maximum
level of hub restraint that can be used without inducing excessive control coupling and low speed vibration has not been established. Further research is needed to define the optimum control power and damping and other handling qualities considerations for NOE operation.
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Document Type: Research Article
Bell Helicopter Textron, Ft. Worth, Texas
Publication date: 1977-10-01
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