- Provide fundamental understanding of full aircraft aerodynamics, performance, and stability & control
- Introduce a spectrum of key concepts and theories to grasp primary relevant topics
- Introduce students to major elements of concern for analysis and evaluation of aircraft configurations
- Experience within a team environment toward simulation and testing of a flight vehicle
- Exposure to the Flight Simulator within the Lab
Mathematical formulations developed as classical theory of aircraft configuration aerodynamics.
Past, present and future state-of-the-art methods employed by applied aerodynamicists (including inherent limitations of the techniques.)
- Background and basic aerodynamics terms/concepts
- The flight environment
- Fundamental Flight Performance
- Static longitudinal stability
- Longitudinal control & trim
- Pull-up maneuver & other effects
- Static lateral / directional stability & control
This class includes a brief review of applied aerodynamics and modern approaches in aircraft stability and control. Topics covered include static stability and trim; stability derivatives and characteristic longitudinal and lateral-directional motions; and physical effects of the wing, fuselage, and tail on aircraft motion. Control methods and systems are discussed, with emphasis on flight vehicle stabilization by classical and modern control techniques.
Two (or more if desired) Flight Simulation Lab Events
- everyone will fly and evaluate FW & RW aircraft flight simulators
- “Build”, Instrument, Measure, Analyze, Evaluate, and Document RC Aircraft
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Additional Course Information
Dynamics of Flight Stability and Control; by Bernard Etkin; Edition: #3; (Publisher: John Wiley & Sons).
- One 160 minute lecture per week