Evaluation of Minimum Aircraft Flying Speed by Digital Simulation.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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Aircraft minimum flying speed, as determined by actual flight test, is published in aircraft handbooks for pilot guidance. The test flight results are used to determine and confirm take-off and landing speeds, field lengths, left-hand portion of the maneuvering envelopes V-n diagram, etc. Determination of the absolute minimum flying speed of an aircraft on the other hand, has not been of prime importance in flight test. In the present analysis digital simulation allowed by systematic study of not only the minimum flying speed as defined by Federal Aviation Regulations but also the absolute minimum flying speed attainable in steady, unaccelerated flight. The study included such effects as deceleration rate, rate of change of elevator angle, aircraft weight and pitch moment of inertia. Author
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