Accession Number:

ADA207896

Title:

Flight Test Method Development for a Quarter-Scale Aircraft with Minimum Instrumentation

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

80.0

Abstract:

A flight test method was developed for a quarter-scale model aircraft with minimum onboard instrumentation for the determination of the Drag Polar, the Thrust Required curve and the Power Required curve. The test included a wind tunnel test for propeller efficiencies and thrust coefficients, a torque test for engine shaft horsepower, and a flight test for flight speeds at measured operating conditions. The only additional onboard instrumentation besides that for radio control was a small cassette recorder. Two methods are described for data manipulation and an error analysis is provided for each method. Keywords Radio controlled aircraft Instrumentation Drag polar Thrust required Power required Flight test Wind tunnel Torque stand Theses.

Subject Categories:

  • Flight Control and Instrumentation
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE