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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Outline

    Aircraft Handling Qualities


    Course Outline:

    I. The definition and importance of flying/handling qualities and pilot opinion
    II. The importance of requirements for cost-effective design and safety
    III. Pilot rating scales: Cooper-Harper, PIO. Pitfalls with ratings, and their relation to safety
    IV. Static stability, longitudinal axes, equations and transfer functions
    V. Illustrate how dynamic derivatives are obtained
    VI. Short- and long-period longitudinal modes: physical meaning, contributing factors
    VII. The lateral-directional modes: spiral, roll, Dutch roll and coupling parameters
    VIII. Pilot in the loop analysis
    IX. Introduction to closed-loop control: advantages and pitfalls of fly-by-wire
    X. effects of control features: robustness, feedforwards, nonlinearities, good design principles
    XI. Longitudinal short period and requirements
    XII. Low Order Equivalent Systems: history, motivation, application, recent lessons
    XIII. Other longitudinal criteria: bandwidth, Neal-Smith, RSmith, Nelson, Gibson
    XIV. High-angle-of-attack criteria
    XV. Conducting effective flight simulations and flight tests
    XVI. Design for good handling qualities: CONDUIT
    XVII. Lessons learned (many example aircraft)