A psychometric approach to the development of a multidimensional scale to assess aircraft handling qualities

Katy H. Payne, Don Harris

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Abstract

This article describes the development of a multidimensional scale for the assessment of aircraft handling qualities using psychometric principles. A sample of 141 test pilots completed a structured assessment of their aircraft's handling qualities in 7 common flight maneuvers. From a series of confirmatory factor analyses, 5 stable dimensions of aircraft handling qualities were elicited. Further multiple regressions with these 5 dimensions as predictor variables indicated a highly significant relation with Cooper-Harper ratings, however, the significant predictors varied with the nature of the flight task. To conclude, a brief description of a prototype multidimensional handling qualities rating scale based on these results is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-362
Number of pages20
JournalThe International Journal of Aviation Psychology
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Psychology
  • Computer Science Applications

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