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ARCHIVED - Bell 412 (ASRA)

The NRC Bell 412 Advanced Systems Research Aircraft (ASRA) is configured as a x-DOF simulator for research in airborne simulation, handling qualities, advanced controls, active controls and pilot-vehicle interfaces.

ASRA has been outfitted with advanced technology that make it an ideal platform for research into digital fly-by-wire control systems, precise guidance and navigation, and active control systems. Advanced fly-by-wire features give ASRA a powerful variable stability and control capability, and an airborne simulation capability for air vehicle design and operational research and development.

As a sophisticated research test bed, ASRA allows researchers to investigate the impact on situational awareness, safety and mission performance of new control, guidance, navigation and communication technologies. The aircraft will also serve to test advanced pilot-vehicle interfaces such as smart displays, helmet-mounted displays, synthetic vision systems, integrated hand controllers, and direct voice input.

IAR has acquired an international reputation in rotorcraft flight mechanics research, with many years of in-depth experience in the field. ASRA is the third generation of IAR's helicopter-based airborne simulators.

See also:

Pilot-Vehicle Interface in the Cockpit Environment
Handling Qualities Research
Simulation of Shipborne Helicopter Operations
Aircraft Modeling and Airborne Simulation

 

Bell 412 Advanced Systems Research Aircraft (ASRA)
Bell 412 Advanced Systems Research Aircraft (ASRA)

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