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Flight Dynamics Principles

A Linear Systems Approach to Aircraft Stability and Control

The study of flight dynamics requires a thorough understanding of the theory of the stability and control of aircraft, an appreciation of flight control systems and a grounding in the theory of automatic control. Flight Dynamics Principles is a student focused text and provides easy access to all three topics in an integrated modern systems context.

Written for those coming to the subject for the first time, the book provides a secure foundation from which to move on to more advanced topics such as, non-linear flight dynamics, flight simulation, handling qualities and advanced flight control.

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.


Aerospace and aeronautical engineering students; CPD audience from the aero industry

Hardbound, 608 Pages

Published: October 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-098242-7


  • Preface
    Preface to the second edition
    Preface to the first edition

    Chapter 1 - Introduction

    Chapter 2 - Systems of Axes and Notation

    Chapter 3 - Static Equilibrium and Trim

    Chapter 4 - The Equations of Motion

    Chapter 5 - The Solution of the Equations of Motion

    Chapter 6 - Longitudinal Dynamics

    Chapter 7 - Lateral-Directional Dynamics

    Chapter 8 - Manoeuvrability

    Chapter 9 - Stability

    Chapter 10 - Flying and Handling Qualities

    Chapter 11 - Command and Stability Augmentation

    Chapter 12 - Aerodynamic Modelling

    Chapter 13 - Aerodynamic Stability and Control Derivatives

    Chapter 14 - Flight in a Non-steady Atmosphere

    Chapter 15 - Coursework Studies

    Appendix 1 - AeroTrim: A Symmetric Trim Calculator for Subsonic Flight Conditions

    Appendix 2 - Definitions of Aerodynamic Stability and Control Derivatives

    Appendix 3 - Aircraft Response Transfer Functions Referred to Aircraft Body Axes

    Appendix 4 - Units, Conversions and Constants

    Appendix 5 - A Very Short Table of Laplace Transforms

    Appendix 6 - The Dynamics of a Linear Second Order System

    Appendix 7 - North American Aerodynamic Derivative Notation

    Appendix 8 - Approximate Expressions for the Dimensionless Aerodynamic Stability and Control Derivatives

    Appendix 9 - Transformation of Aerodynamic Stability Derivatives from a Body Axes Reference to a Wind Axes Reference

    Appendix 10 - Transformation of the Moments and Products of Inertia from a Body Axes Reference to a Wind Axes Reference

    Appendix 11 - The Root Locus Plot



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