Flight Mechanics


Atmosphere: Properties, standard atmosphere. Classification of aircraft. Airplane (fixed wing aircraft) configuration and various parts;

Reference Books:

  1. Introduction to flight by J.D.Anderson

Airplane performance:

Pressure altitude; equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds; Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turn-bank indicator. Drag polar; takeoff and landing; steady climb & descent, absolute and service ceiling; cruise, cruise climb, endurance or loiter; load factor, turning flight, V-n diagram; Winds: head, tail & cross winds;

Reference Books:

  1. Aircraft performance by J.D.Anderson
  2. Aerodynamics by Clancy
  3. Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators (Simple and easy to read  book)

Static stability:

Angle of attack, sideslip; roll, pitch & yaw controls; longitudinal stick fixed & free stability, horizontal tail position and size; directional stability, vertical tail position and size; dihedral stability. Wing dihedral, sweep & position; hinge moments, stick forces;

Reference Books:

  1. Aerodynamics  by  Clancy
  2. Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators (Simple and easy to read  book)
  3. Introduction to flight by J.D.Anderson
  4.  Flight Stability and Automatic Control  by   Nelson


Special Topics:

Dynamic stability: Euler angles; Equations of motion; aerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives; decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics; longitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes.

Reference Books:

  1. Flight dynamics principles by Micheal.V.Cook