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Analysis of the motion simulation capabilities of reduced-degrees-of-freedom flight simulators

, University of Toronto , Canada

University of Toronto . Awarded


This thesis presents the results of a study conducted at the UTIAS Flight Simulation Laboratory on June 29-30, aimed at investigating the simulation realism that can be achieved using reduced-degrees-of-freedom flight simulator motion bases. The quality of motion produced by two different three-degrees-of-freedom motion bases was compared to that produced by a conventional six-degrees-of-freedom Stewart platform. The study involved two helicopter test pilots. The UTIAS Flight Research Simulator was used to simulate a Bell 205 helicopter for four different ADS-33 maneuvers and a Sea King helicopter for helicopter deck landings on a Canadian Patrol Frigate. Cooper-Harper handling qualities ratings for each maneuver were collected, along with motion rating scales, TLX workload ratings, questionnaires and pilot performance measures. The analysis of the results revealed that reduced-degrees-of-freedom motion bases are more than capable of producing motion quality comparable to that produced by the six-degrees-of-freedom motion base and serious thought should be given to the design of these potentially cheaper alternative motion bases for the application in modern flight simulation.


de Sousa, S.B.S. Analysis of the motion simulation capabilities of reduced-degrees-of-freedom flight simulators. Master's thesis, University of Toronto. Retrieved May 29, 2023 from .

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