In the Fall of 2019, I developed and taught a course in Flight Test Engineering to a select group of undergraduates in Aerospace Engineering and Physics.
Topics were divided into 1) performance, 2) stability & control, and 3) logistics, operations & hardware.
- Airspeed & Static Port calibration
- Climb Theory
- Sawtooth climbs
- Level acceleration & Excess power
- Level Flight Performance
- S&C Theory
- Neutral Point Estimation
- Stick Forces, Stick force per g
- Maneuvering Point
- 6 DOF Aircraft Dynamics
- Short period
- Roll substidence
- Dutch roll
- Flying & Handling Qualities
- Inertial Coupling
- Logistics, operations, & hardware
- Data reduction
- Flight test instrumentation
- System identification
Lecture note samples:
The students were required to learn the theory, maneuvers, and analysis necessary to conduct flight testing. We used experimental data collected by the instructor (me) and the students.
Textbook: I assigned Kimberlin’s Flight Testing of Fixed Wing Aircraft; however, Ward’s Introduction to Flight Test Engineering was a primary resource.