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Course Detail

Course Name Flight Mechanics
Course Code 15AES312
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Semester Six
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Equations of Motion – Forces Acting on the Aircraft – Review of Aerodynamic characteristics of the Wing and Compressibility Effects – Review of Propulsion Systems and their Performance Characteristics – Drag Contribution from Aircraft Components – Airplane Performance of Turbojets: Steady Flight, Range, Endurance, Conditions for Maximum Range and Endurance, Climb Performance, Turn Performance, Maximum Load Factor During Turn.

Unit 2

Glide Performance – Take-Off and Landing Performance – Performance of PistonProps: Steady Flight Climb and Turn Performance, Climb Performance, Turn Performance, Comparison with Turbojets – Turbofan and Turboprop Performance Evaluation Guidelines

Unit 3

Concept of Static and Dynamic Stability – Longitudinal Stability: Neutral Point, StickFixed and Stick-Free Stability – Longitudinal Control – Hinge Moments – Control Power – Directional Stability and Control – Lateral Stability and Control – Introduction to Dynamic Stability – Stability Derivatives.

Text Books

  1. Hale, Francis J, “Introduction to Aircraft Performance, Selection, and Design”. Wiley, 1984.
  2. Nelson. R. C, “Flight Stability and Automatic Control”, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 1998.


  • Perkins. C. D and Hage. R. E, “Aircraft Performance, Stability and Control”, 11th edition, Wiley, 1967.
  • Anderson. J. D, “Aircraft Performance and Design”, McGraw-Hill, 2010.
  • Russel. J. B, “Performance and stability of aircraft”, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996.

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