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GPS-BASED Airspeed Calibration for Rotorcraft: Generalized Application for All Flight Regimes

Denis Hamel, Alexander Kolarich, Airbus Helicopters Inc.

October 10, 2020

https://doi.org/10.4050/F-0076-2020-16363

Abstract:
FAA rotorcraft airworthiness regulations require calibration of pitot-static systems in all flight regimes. Of all methods commonly used, none has been applied in a manner showing full compliance, specifically in the takeoff phase and in determining CG (Center of Gravity) effects. A review of accepted Position Error Correction methods identifies the GPS-based true airspeed method, with an adapted execution and analysis technique, as the most practical in terms of equipment and efficiency to provide a complete airspeed system calibration. The level flight limitations of the GPS method are solved by a combination of flight profiles, continuous data recording and reduction technique. The GPS horseshoe method and the ORBIS constant turn radius method are expanded by varying the airspeed, altitude, and heading as required to provide an equation set solved for the wind components and true airspeed. The new variable parameter methods minimize wind variability effects and flight test time.


GPS-BASED Airspeed Calibration for Rotorcraft: Generalized Application for All Flight Regimes

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GPS-BASED Airspeed Calibration for Rotorcraft: Generalized Application for All Flight Regimes

Authors / Details: Denis Hamel, Alexander Kolarich, Airbus Helicopters Inc.