The Beginning of the High Speed
Civil Transport simulation
by Chris Sweeney
February 6, 1998
Our preparations for the two High Speed Civil Transport
(HSCT) simulations have started. This year we will run back-to-back HSCT
simulations beginning on June 1 and running through the end of July.
The first simulation will study how a pilot will
interact with the displays and controls on the flight deck. The second
simulation will study more of the handling quality of the HSCT as well
as some more display issues.
The latest version of the "bare" airframe for the
HSCT was just delivered. It takes up four full binders. This model is
called the "bare" airframe because it does not have any of the computer
controlled flight control system with it yet. The "bare" airframe shows
how the aircraft will react if there were no computers onboard. It strictly
displays the pure aerodynamics of the vehicle. We will start implementing
this "bare" airframe immediately and receive the flight control system
at a later date.