Advanced Flight Dynamics


Fall 2016




Aircraft Stability and Control (Flight Dynamics II)



Hadi Nobahari, Room 317, 66164636

Teaching Assistant:

Yousef Seifouripour, yseifouri(at)


1.       A Fast Review of Flight Dynamics II

a.       Rigid Body Equations of Motion

b.       Forces and Moments Acting on a Flying Vehicle

c.       Static Stability

d.       Controllability of Steady State Flights

e.       Dynamic Stability

f.        Sensitivity Analysis of Dynamic Modes

2.       Special Topics in Dynamic Stability

a.       Stability Augmentation

b.       Stability Analysis in Steady State Maneuvers

c.       Coupled Longitudinal and Lateral Motions

3.       Flying and Handling Quality

a.       Concepts

b.       Pilot Rating

c.       Regulations

4.       Nonlinear Stability Analysis of Flying Vehicles

a.       Validation of Linear Equations of Motion

b.       Lyapunov Stability Analysis

c.       Generation of Lyapunov Functions

d.       Energy Method

e.       Stability Analysis in Phase Space

5.       Dynamic Analysis of an Elastic Flying Vehicle

a.       Modeling of Elastic Behaviors

b.       Transfer Functions of an Elastic Flying Vehicle

c.       Aerodynamic Coefficients of an Elastic Flying Vehicle

d.       Equivalent Elastic Model

e.       Stability and Control Derivatives of an Elastic Flying Vehicle

6.       Dynamic Analysis of a Flying Vehicle within Atmospheric Disturbances

a.       Different Types of Atmospheric Disturbances

b.       Mathematical Models of Deterministic Atmospheric Disturbances

c.       Stochastic Variables

d.       Mathematical Models of Stochastic Atmospheric Disturbances

e.       Response of a Flying Vehicle to Turbulence

f.        Monte Carlo Evaluation

7.       Dynamic Analysis of a Manned Flying Vehicle

a.       Description Model of a Human Pilot

b.       Pilot as a Controller

c.       Pilot Rating Based on Pilot Model

d.       Optimal Pilot Model

e.       Pilot Model in the Control Loops

f.        Pilot Induced Oscillations

8.       Flight Control Systems

a.       Classification

b.       Open-loop Analysis of Flying Vehicles

c.       Uncertainties

d.       Stability Augmentation Loops

e.       Autopilots

f.        Passive Flight Control Systems

Text Book

1.       Jan Roskam, "Airplane Flight Dynamics and Automatic Flight Control", Part II, 1998.

2.       Donald McLean, "Automatic Flight Control System", 1990.

3.       Robert F. Stengel, "Flight Dynamics" 2004.

4.   David K. Schmidt, "Modern Flight Dynamics", 2012.


Homework                                5+1 out of 20+2

Mid-term                                   5 out of 20+2

Final Exam                                10 out of 20+2

Class Presence                           +1 out of 20+2

Relating Videos

Aeroelastic Instability

Grades of the Previous Terms

Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008