More than one century after Wright brothers first fly, flight still defy out intuition. You will learn here how planes do fly, how pilots can control their trajectory, and what happens if they fly too low or too fast. Turning, stalling, computing a range or sizing a wing will no longer have any secret for you. More based on explanations than on mathematic demonstration, this course makes an extensive use of diagrams, animations, actual airplane pictures and video, and even flight experimentations on our own airplanes and full flight simulator
Name the parameters and concepts used in flight mechanics (e.g., angle of attack, flight path angle, trim, total height)
Describe the standard atmosphere and explain the effect of altitude on the flight characteristics of an airplane
Describe the forces applying on an airplane at
equilibrium or while maneuvering, explain how it flies and the origin
of its flight envelope limits
Roughly size the airfoils of an airplane and the power of its engine
What topics will you cover?
The course goes through the following topics:
General description of an airplane
Lift, stall and ceiling
Drag and propulsion forces
Atmosphere physics and Newton's laws applied to the airplane
What are the prerequisites?
For this course you need to have some basic knowledges:
Notions of force and moment (rotation around an axis)
Fundamental principle of dynamics
Notion of derivative
Who is the course for?
This course is for anybody interested in learning more about how planes work, the physics of flying or flight mechanics. It will be of particular interest to undergraduate students in aerospace engineering, trainee as well as senior pilots, journalists, and professionals in the aeronautics sector.
Who will you learn with?
Eric POQUILLON is a lead flight test engineer, currently working as a flight dynamics professor at ISAE SUPAERO, and has conducted certification flight tests on various types of civil and military airplanes.
See Author's personnal website