T&E 4104 Flying Qualities Flight Testing II

Course Description

An intensive development of the understanding of fixed-wing aircraft dynamic stability.  The course covers the driving factors behind aircraft motion, a discussion of desirable qualities, and classic test and evaluation methods.  Academic Subjects include aircraft equations of motion, dynamics requirements and flight test techniques, coupling dynamics, closed-loop handling qualities and spins. Included is a brief review of matrices, vectors, axis transforms, differential equations, and Laplace transforms.

Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course of instruction, the student will have a basic understanding of flight test procedures, techniques, and data analysis associated with aircraft dynamics. He/she will:

1. The fundamentals of aircraft motion analysis and equations of motion
2. Aircraft dynamics theory.
3. Regulatory requirements pertaining to aircraft dynamics.
4. Aircraft coupling dynamics
5. Spin theory and flight test techniques.
6. Regulatory requirements pertaining to aircraft departure susceptibility and spin recovery devices.
7. Closed loop handling qualities testing & techniques.

1. Flight test techniques used to quantitatively and qualitatively determine aircraft dynamics.
2. How to determine the stall characteristics of an aircraft.

Sequence of Instruction

Dynamic Stability Overview 
Matrices, Vectors & Axis Transforms 
Equations of Motion 
Motion Analysis 
Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms 
Dynamics Theory 
Dynamics Requirements & Flight Test Techniques
Spin Theory 
Coupling Dynamics 
Closed-Loop Handling Qualities  
Spin/Departure Requirements & Flight Test Techniques 
Spin Recovery Devices 
Tutorials:  Differential Equations & Laplace,  Transforms, Dynamics Theory 
Exams:  Spins, Dynamics/Closed-Loop Handling Qualities

Texts and Reference Materials

NTPS Professional Course Textbook Series, Vol. IV, “Fixed-Wing Flying Qualities Flight Testing”

Instructional Methodology


Process of Evaluation