Introduction to Aircraft Flight Test Engineering, by Hubert C. Smith

Introduction to Aircraft Flight Test Engineering

by Hubert C. Smith

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ISBN-13:
9780891002253
Copyright Date:
1981
Other Identifiers:
92-33592
JS312647C
Pages:
97
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from the preface:
The performance of an airplane can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by deduction from the physical laws which apply. However, so many variable enter into an airplanes performance that it is impossible to predict exactly by analytical methods. Therefore, just as "the proof of the pudding is in the eating" the proof of the airplane performance is in the flying.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction:
Properties of the atmosphere; flight test measurements; atmospheric conditions for flight tests

Airspeed Calibration:
airspeed system errors; gauge error determination; position error; determination of pressure coefficient; flight testing; experimental procedure

Drag and Power Required:
drag breakdown; airplane efficiency factor; power required; power available; propeller efficiency; brake horsepower; generalized power curve; correction for excess power during test; determining "e" and "f" experimentally; experimental procedure

Climb Performance:
rate of climb; ceiling; flight test measurements; time to climb; experimental procedure

Stall Velocity and Maximum Lift Coefficient:
relation of velocity and lift coefficient; determining the CL max experimentally; experimental procedure

Takeoff Performance:
theoretical determination of takeoff distance; analog computer solution; headwind correction; correction to standard conditions; runway slope effects; experimental procedures

Maximum Speed:
theoretical determination of maximum speed; experimental determination

Range:
theoretical determination; experimental determination

Static Longitudinal Stability:
determining static stability; elevator effects; determination of the stick neutral point; determining CG location

Dynamic Longitudinal Stability:
equations of motion; evaluation of stability derivatives; solution of equations of motion; experimental procedures

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