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Course Undergraduate
Semester Sem. V
Subject Code AE312
Subject Title Atmospheric Flight Mechanics


Overview of aerodynamics, propulsion, atmosphere and aircraft instrumentation – aircraft performance: gliding, cruise and climbing flight, optimal cruise trajectories, take-off and landing, V-n diagrams – stability and control: static longitudinal, directional and lateral stability and control, stick fixed and stick free stability, hinge moments, trim-tabs, aerodynamic balancing – effect of manoeuvres – stability control and performance characteristics of sounding rockets and launch vehicles.

Text Books

1. Nelson, R. C., Flight Stability and Automatic Control , 2 nd ed., McGraw-Hill (1997).

2. Perkins, C. D. and Hage, R. E., Airplane Performance Stability & Control , Wiley (1949)


1. Etkin, B. and Reid, L. D., Dynamics of Flight: Stability and Control , 3 rd ed., Wiley (1996).

2. McCormick, B. W., Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, and Flight Dynamics , 2 nd ed., Wiley (1994).

3. Pamadi, B. N., Performance, Stability, Dynamics, and Control of Airplanes , 2 nd ed., AIAA Edu. Series (2004).

4. Smetana, F. O., Flight Vehicle Performance and Aerodynamic Control , AIAA Edu. Series (2001).

5. Phillips, W. F., Mechanics of Flight , 2 nd ed., John Wiley (2010).