Accession Number:

ADA051864

Title:

Fixed Wing Stability and Control, Theory and Flight Test Techniques,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL TEST PILOT SCHOOL PATUXENT RIVER MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

661.0

Abstract:

This manual is primarily a guide for pilots and engineers attending the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. However, it may be used as a guide in any fixed wing flying qualities investigation. The text presents basic fixed wing stability and control theory, qualitative and quantitative test and evaluation techniques, and data presentation methods. In most sections, more than one technique is described for each test. Generally, the best technique for a particular investigation will depend on the purpose of the investigation, the amount of instrumentation available and the personal preference of the individual test pilot. The approach of the qualitative stability and control testing presented herein is an attempt to associate all flying qualities tests with particular pilot tasks required in the performance of the total mission of the airplane. The pilots opinion of a particular flying quality will consequently depend primarily on the pilot workload while performing the desired task. Quantitative evaluation techniques presented may be used to substantiate pilot opinion or gather data for documentation of airplane characteristics. The performance of both qualitative testing and quantitative evaluation is considered essential for any successful flying qualities investigation. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE