Course Description

An intensive overview of the theory and test procedures to evaluate helicopter dynamic stability, controllability, low speed flight characteristics, and ground handling.  Subjects include analysis of helicopter dynamic motion, airworthiness certification requirements and flight test techniques for dynamic stability and low speed flight, automatic flight control systems, ground handling test methodology, and closed-loop handling qualities testing.  (Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of T&E 4113)

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 helicopter dynamic stability, controllability, low speed flight, and ground handling. He/she will:

Be familiar with
1. AFCS flight testing.
2. MatLab and Simulink applications.

Understand
3.  Aircraft dynamics theory.
4.  The regulatory requirements pertaining to helicopter dynamics.
5.  Helicopter coupling dynamics.
6.  ADS-33 closed loop handling qualities testing and techniques.
7.  Rotary wing control and gust response.

Know
8.  The flight test techniques used to quantitatively and qualitatively determine aircraft dynamics.

Sequence of Instruction

Dynamic Stability Overview 
Analysis of Dynamic Motion 
Helicopter Dynamic Stability 
Controllability 
Low Speed Flight Characteristics 
Automatic Flight Control Systems 
Closed Loop Handling Qualities  
Envelope Expansion 
Ground Handling 
Aerodynamic Modifications  
Tutorials
   Dynamic Stability
   Low Speed Characteristics 
Exams
   Dynamic Stability
   Low Speed Flight and Ground Handling

Texts and Reference Materials

“Helicopter Performance, Stability, and Control,” 
R. W. Prouty
NTPS Course Notes

Instructional Methodology

Lectures

Process of Evaluation

Examinations

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