The U.S. Air Force F-16C’s flight envelope is defined by its external weapon stores configuration, and the employment of some munitions at certain speeds can cause the F-16 to enter a flutter-like state called Limit Cycle Oscillations (LCO). In LCO, the pilot experiences turbulent vibrations reducing their fine motor control. The current research attempted to help pilots anticipate an LCO-susceptible configuration by projecting the consequences of employing certain munitions. It was hypothesized that the new displays would result in fewer flight envelope violations, fewer LCO occurrences, and increased situation awareness. The results show that there are situation awareness benefits if the pilot is not task overloaded, but the performance results were inconclusive. Further design maturation is necessary to understand the implications of the new display.
(2021). Display Design to Avoid and Mitigate Limit Cycle Oscillations on the F-16c. 41st International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 146-151.