2012 Alexander A. Nikolsky Lecture, "Handling Qualities Engineering," by Prof. Gareth Padfield. This presentation was a reprise given on Oct. 17, 2012 by the (then) AHS Atlanta Chapter. It was held at and recorded by Georgia Institute of Technology.
Prof. Gareth Padfield was selected for the 2012 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at communicating their technical knowledge and experience.”
Padfield’s long and distinguished career as a research scientist and professor has been instrumental in establishing and expanding the analytic boundaries in many rotorcraft areas, including flight handling qualities of helicopters and tilt rotor aircraft, simulator fidelity, helicopter/ship dynamic interface modeling, and analysis techniques to help define and explain the complexities of both helicopter and human pilot behavior measured in flight test. In his innovative approach to flight control, Padfield has drawn on the understandings of visual perception in the natural world to explain how pilots guide and stabilize aircraft.