AAE 42100

Flight Dynamics and Control

Credits:     3

Contact hours:     3

Instructor:     Professor Corless

Text:     Notes furnished by instructor.

Course Description:     Flight vehicle rigid-body equations of motion; linearization via small perturbation techniques. Trim analysis, static and dynamic stability, aerodynamic stability derivatives and control effectiveness. Vehicle transfer functions, stability augmentation, aircraft handling qualities.

Offered:    Fall and Spring

Pre-requisite:    None

Co-requisite:    AAE 34000

Required:    If AAE 44000 is not taken

Student Learning Outcomes:
On completing this course the student shall be able to:

  1. Develop state space and transfer function models of physical systems
  2. Simulate nonlinear systems
  3. Linearize nonlinear systems
  4. Analyze a system for stability
  5. Design a feedback controller to meet stability and performance requirements
  6. Analyze a flight vehicle for trim conditions, stability and handling qualities

Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

    Program Learning Outcomes Included?
a An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering Yes
b An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data No
c An ability to design an aerospace system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability No
d An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams No
e An ability to identify, formulate, and solve aerospace engineering problems Yes
f An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility No
g An ability to communicate effectively No
h An understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context No
i A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning No
j A knowledge of contemporary issues in aerospace engineering No
k An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for aerospace engineering practice Yes


  1. Modeling of systems with aerodynamic forces (5)
  2. State space and transfer function representation of dynamical systems (5)
  3. Linearization (3)
  4. Nonlinear model of flight vehicle dynamics (6)
  5. Linear model of flight vehicle dynamics (2)
  6. Modes and dynamic behavior of linear systems (4)
  7. Flight vehicle modes: phugoid, short period, dutch roll, roll and spiral (2)
  8. Stability, flying handling qualities (4)
  9. Feedback control (4)
  10. Controllability (2)
  11. Stability augmentation, control augmentation. (5)

Revision History:
Prepared by M. Corless, March 1, 2001
Revised by M. Corless, July 28, 2006
Revised by M. Corless, January 31, 2102
Updated Pre-requisites on March 3, 2011
Format updated: January 31, 2011