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Flight Testing of Fixed Wing Aircraft

ISBN-10: 1563475642
ISBN-13: 9781563475641
Edition: 2003
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Description: The measurement of performance during an airplane's flight testing is one of the more important tasks to be accomplished during its development as it impacts on both the airplane's safety and its marketability. This book discusses performance for  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 495
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

The measurement of performance during an airplane's flight testing is one of the more important tasks to be accomplished during its development as it impacts on both the airplane's safety and its marketability. This book discusses performance for both propeller-driven and jet aircraft.

Preface
Performance Flight Testing
Introduction
Introduction to Flight Testing
Types of Flight Tests
Sequence of Flight Testing
Planning the Test Program
Governing Requirements and Regulations
The Atmosphere
Aircraft Weight and Center of Gravity
Flight Testing Tolerances
References
Methods for Reducing Data Uncertainty in Flight Test Data
Introduction
Sources and Magnitudes of Errors
Avoiding or Minimizing Errors
Error Analysis
References
Airspeed Systems Theory and Calibration
Introduction
Federal Aviation Regulation Requirements
Theory of Airspeed Systems
Position Error
Lag Errors
Altimeter Position Error
In-Flight Calibration Methods
Temperature Probe Calibration
References
Stall Speed Measurement
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Requirements
Stall Theory
Aircraft Loading
Safety Considerations
Flight Test Method
Data Reduction Method
References
Determination of Engine Power in Flight
Introduction
Power Measurement of an Internal Combustion Engine in Flight
Installed Horsepower Losses and How They Affect Power Measurement
Power Corrections
Critical Altitude Determination
References
Propeller Theory
Introduction
Propeller Theory
Propeller Polar Diagram
Constant Speed or Controllable Propellers
Activity Factor
Propeller Noise
References
Jet Thrust Measurement In Flight
Introduction
Basic Theory
Methods of In-Flight Thrust Measurement
References
Level Flight Performance Theory
Introduction
Thrust Required
Effects of Variables on Thrust Required
Power Required
Effects of Variables on the Power Required Curves
Effects of High Mach Number
Thrust or Power Available
References
Level Flight Performance Flight Test and Data Reduction Methods for Propeller-Driven Aircraft
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Requirements
PIW-VIW Method
Flight Test Method
Reduction of Observed Data
Expansion of Observed Data
Reference
Level Flight Performance Jet Aircraft
Introduction
Theory
Flight Test Techniques
Data Reduction
References
Range and Endurance
Introduction
Range--Propeller-Driven Airplanes
Range--Jet Aircraft
Effects of Wind on Range
Endurance--Propeller-Driven Aircraft
Endurance--Jet Aircraft
References
Climb Performance Theory
Introduction
Climb Theory
References
Climb Performance Methods, Data Reduction, and Expansion
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Test Methods
Reduction Methods for Steady Climbs
Expansion Methods
References
Energy Approach to Performance Flight Testing
Introduction
Theory
Application to Climb Performance
Other Applications of Energy Methods
Level Acceleration Flight Test Method
References
Turning Performance
Introduction
Forces on an Aircraft during a Level Turn
Turning Performance Limitations
Flight Test Method
References
Methods for Drag Determination in Flight
Introduction
Speed Power Method
Prop-Feathered Sinks or Glide Polars
Incremental Drag Method
Incremental Power Method
References
Airspeed vs Flight Path Angle Performance Method for Powered-Lift Aircraft
Introduction
V-[gamma] Method
References
Takeoff and Landing Theory and Methods
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Theory
Test Methods
Test Procedures
Data Reduction
Rejected Takeoff Distances
References
Stability and Control Flight Testing
Introduction to Stability and Control Flight Testing
Introduction
Regulations
Reference Axes Systems
Definitions of Stability and Controllability
Relation of Stability and Control to the Aircraft's c.g. Envelope
Control System Characteristics
References
Static Longitudinal Stability Theory
Introduction
Stick-Fixed Static Longitudinal Stability
Longitudinal Control
Elevator Position Stability
Stick-Free Longitudinal Stability
Control Force Stability
Stick-Free Longitudinal Static Stability for an Irreversible Control System
References
Static Longitudinal Stability Flight Test Methods
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Stick-Fixed Neutral Point Determination
Stick-Free Neutral Point Determination
Flight Test Method for Determination of Neutral Points
Other Static Longitudinal Stability Tests
References
Dynamic Longitudinal Stability Theory
Introduction
Theory
Long Period or Phugoid
Short Period
Elevator Short Period
References
Dynamic Longitudinal Stability Flight Test Methods and Data Reduction
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Flight Test Methods for Evaluating the Phugoid
Phugoid Data Reduction
Short Period Flight Test Methods
Short Period Data Reduction
References
Longitudinal Maneuvering Stability Theory
Introduction
Elevator Position Maneuvering Stability
Stick-Force Maneuvering Stability
Compressibility Effects
References
Maneuvering Stability Methods and Data Reduction
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Evaluation by Pilot Opinion
Flight Test Methods for Quantitative Evaluation
Data Reduction Techniques
References
Longitudinal Control and Trim Theory and Flight Test Methods
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Longitudinal Control
Longitudinal Trim
References
Methods for Improving Longitudinal Stability and Control
Introduction
Control System Gadgets
Elevator Tabs
Aerodynamic Balance
References
Lateral-Directional Stability Theory and Flight Test Methods
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Theory
Directional Stability
Lateral Stability
Side Force
Control-Free, Lateral-Directional Stability
Flight Test Methods
References
Dynamic Lateral-Directional Stability Theory and Flight Test Methods
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Theory
Spiral Mode
Roll Mode
Dutch Roll Mode
Effects of Lateral-Directional Parameters on Lateral-Directional Dynamics
Flight Test Methods for Evaluating Dynamic Lateral-Directional Stability
References
Lateral Control Power (Rolling Performance)
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Single Degree of Freedom Roll Response
Influence of Various Parameters on Rolling Performance
Lateral Control in the Real Case
Other Methods of Roll Control
References
Directional Control
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Directional Control--Single-Engine Airplanes
Directional Control--Multiengine Airplanes
Methods for Determining C[subscript N delta subscript r]
References
Flying Qualities
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Cooper-Harper Pilot Rating Scale
Levels of Flying Qualities
Flight Test Procedures
References
Hazardous Flight Tests
Stall Characteristics
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Stall Characteristics Theory
Aircraft Loading
Safety Considerations
Flight Test Method
Data Requirements
Potential Problems
Problem Fixes
References
Airplane Spin Testing
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Spin Theory
Planning for Spin Testing
Flight Test Method
References
Dive Testing for Flutter, Vibration, and Buffeting
Introduction
Federal Aviation Administration Regulations
Theory
Safety Considerations
Instrumentation
Flight Test Method
Data Analysis
References

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