This book covers the physical and mathematical fundamentals of aircraft flight dynamics as well as more advanced theory enabling a better insight into nonlinear dynamics. This leads to a useful introduction to automatic flight control and stability augmentation systems with discussion of the theory behind their design, and the limitations of the systems. The author provides a rigorous development of theory and derivations and illustrates the equations of motion in both scalar and matrix notation.
- Classical development and modern treatment of flight dynamics and control
- Detailed and rigorous exposition and examples, with illustrations
- Presentation of important trends in modern flight control systems
- Accessible introduction to control allocation based on the author's seminal work in the field
- Development of sensitivity analysis to determine the influential states in an airplane's response modes
- End of chapter problems with solutions available on an accompanying website
Written by an author with experience as an engineering test pilot as well as a university professor, Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control provides the reader with a systematic development of the insights and tools necessary for further work in related fields of flight dynamics and control. It is an ideal course textbook and is also a valuable reference for many of the necessary basic formulations of the math and science underlying flight dynamics and control.
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