Date of Award

Spring 1969

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Foudriat, E. C.


This thesis is concerned with the basic problem of avoiding collisions between aircraft in flight. The specific area of the problem which is investigated in this thesis is that of determining the type of information needed by the aircraft pilot in order to maneuver to avoid the collision, and investigating the manner of displaying that information. Various collision avoidance system display concepts are presented, in an opinion survey form, to pilots with commercial and military background to determine a sampling of pilot preference. The types of horizontal and vertical maneuvers needed for collision avoidance are studied and related to the pilot information requirements. Several display concepts are incorporated into a cockpit instrument panel simulation using an analog computer to solve the equations of motion and experienced pilots as test subjects. The results of the simulated flights demonstrating the ability of various display systems to aid the pilot in successfully solving the collision problem are presented along with pilot opinion of the display system.



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