Cockpit Accommodation Study of the King Air Multi-Engine Trainer

Étude sur l’Espace Disponible dans le Poste de Pilotage de l’Appareil d’Entraînement Multimoteur King Air

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Authors
  1. Meunier, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
An anthropometric assessment of the King Air multi-engine training aircraft was performed to determine the limits of accommodation of the cockpit. Ten subjects were recruited from the pool of students and instructors located at 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (CFFTS) in Southport, Manitoba. Each subject underwent a series of tests to assess vision over the nose, reach to controls (including rudder pedals), and cockpit clearance issues. Since the King Air cockpit is relatively small, reach to pedals and controls were adequate for all test subjects. All subjects were able to obtain full yoke authority, although the knees of two subjects interfered somewhat with the yoke when performing simulated left and right bank turns with the yoke full forward. Anthropometric limits were found at the lower end of the anthropometric spectrum concerning minimum eye height, with smaller subjects not being able to obtain a sufficient amount of vision over the nose. However, the limitations of the aircraft were found to be almost exactly in line with the Canadian Forces aircrew anthropometric selection criteria. At the other end of the spectrum, the data also shows that the aircraft’s seat adjustment will accommodate individuals larger than specified in the aircrew selection standard.

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Keywords
Cockpit accommodation;King Air;Aircrew selection;Cockpit compatibility;Selection standards
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2003-056 — Technical Report
Date of publication
27 Mar 2003
Number of Pages
31
DSTKIM No
CA023172
CANDIS No
520373
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF);CD ROM

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