Automated assessment system of aircraft piloting

Tadas Masiulionis

Doctoral dissertation

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Flight safety is one of the most important goals of the air transport system. A key factor for ensuring flight safety is the human factor. One of the most important indicators of an aircraft pilot qualification is the ability to accurately operate in the airspace. To record flight trajectory, to assess its compatibility with a pre-defined route, as well as to provide the results for flight analysis, an automated assessment system of aircraft piloting is necessary.

The dissertation investigates the issues of flight assessment, using satellite navigation, computer data processing and visualization means in order to improve the objectivity of assessment. The main research objects include flight data visualization and assessment. Their thorough analysis and interpretation will allow designing appropriate assessment models. The primary purpose of this dissertation is to design a methodology for automatic flight accuracy assessment, which, together with technical means, is able to record flight trajectory and determine its deviations from a defined flight tunnel axis. The area of application of the developed means is aircraft pilot flight accuracy analysis and assessment.

The dissertation approaches a few major tasks, such as: design of a methodology for the operation of an automatic aircraft piloting accuracy assessment system based on flight tunnel modelling, development of computerised tunnel-based flight assessment models, and analysis of experimental flight and designed model application results.

The dissertation consists of an introduction, three chapters, general conclusions, reference list as well as the list of the author publications on the dissertation topic, and annexes. In the first chapter, the literature review analysing the basis for a piloting assessment system, flight operation principles, requirements for pilot flight assessment, and pilot flight assessment methods is provided. In the second chapter, the designed tunnel based mathematical/computerised flight assessment models are described that allow, according to chosen criteria, the automatic development of flight assessment tunnels, which help to evaluate aircraft deviations from a defined trajectory. In the third chapter, the results of experimental flights and mathematical modelling of pilot flight assessment tunnels are analysed, in order to determine their compatibility, applicability, and effectiveness for assessing piloting accuracy.

Seven articles on the topic of the dissertation have been published: one published in a journal, included in the Thomson ISI register; one – in conference proceedings, referred to in the Thomson ISI data base; three – in reviewed international conference proceedings; and two – in reviewed national conference proceeding. Six presentations on the subject of the dissertation have been given in conferences in Lithuania and abroad.

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