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Flight Dynamics Principles


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This revised text covers the theory and practice of aircraft stability and control and includes computational applications, examples, and exercises

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Systems of axes and notation 3. Static equilibrium and trim 4. The equations of motion 5. The solution of the equations of motion 6. Longitudinal dynamics 7. Lateral-directional dynamics 8. Manoeuvrability 9. Stability 10. Flying and handling qualities 11. Stability augmentation 12. Aerodynamic modelling 13. Aerodynamic stability and control derivatives 14. Coursework studies 15. Flight in a non-steady atmosphere

About the Author

After graduating Michael Cook joined Elliott Flight Automation as a Systems Engineer and contributed flight control systems design to several major projects. Later he joined the College of Aeronautics to research and teach flight dynamics, experimental flight mechanics and flight control. Previously leader of the Dynamics, Simulation and Control Research Group he is now retired and continues to provide part time support. In 2003 the Group was recognised as the Preferred Academic Capability Partner for Flight Dynamics by BAE SYSTEMS and in 2007 he received a Chairman's Bronze award for his contribution to a joint UAV research programme.

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