Introduction to Rotary Wing Stability and Control

Experience S&C theory in real world application flying as a rotorcraft flight test engineer. Stability and control characteristics determine the aircraft's flying qualities, or the ease and accuracy with which the pilot accomplishes maneuvers of the aircraft. Learn the equations and derive solutions which measure characteristics of the contributing elements to stability and control of the rotorcraft system. Benefit from understanding the theory and practice that matters to the rotorcraft pilot.

This course includes actual in-flight labs. Although flying is not mandatory, conducting the data acquisition flights helps develop a firm foundation for understanding the theories taught in the classroom.

    Day One:
  • Introduction
  • Rotor Systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Introduction Flights
    Day Two:
  • Longitudinal Equations of Motion
  • Stability and Control Derivates
  • Handling Qualities Rating (HQR)
  • Mechanical Characteristics
  • Longitudinal Flight Test Techniques
    Day Three:
  • Longitudinal Stability Test Flights
  • Lateral Directional Equations of Motion
  • Stability and Control Derivates
  • Lateral Directional Stability Flight Test Techniques
  • First and Second Order Systems
    Day Four:
  • Longitudinal Dynamics
  • Lateral Directional Dynamics
  • Lateral Directional Test Flights
    Day Five:
  • Aircraft Design Standard (ADS)-33
  • Student Team Presentations of Data and Analysis from Test Flights and Briefs
  • Guest Speaker - Special Topics in rotary wing flight control technology

Attendees are encouraged to bring laptop and scientific calculator.

Presented cooperatively by UAHuntsville Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center, Professional and Continuing Studies, and the College of Engineering.

Limited seats available. Register early. 18 maximum participants per course.
Cancellation policy: Participants may not cancel after February 28th. Substitutions may be made at any time.

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