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Course Postgraduate
Semester Sem. I
Subject Code AE604
Subject Title Atmospheric Flight Mechanics


Overview of aerodynamics – propulsion – atmosphere and aircraft instrumentation – Aircraft Performance: range, endurance, gliding, climbing flight, pull-up, pulldown, take-off, landing, accelerating climb, turning flight, V-n diagrams – optimal cruise trajectories – Static Stability & Control: frames of reference (body axis, wind axis) static longitudinal, directional, lateral stability and control, stick fixed and stick free stability, hinge moments, trim-tabs, aerodynamic balancing.

Text Books

Same as Reference


1. Anderson, J. D., Aircraft Performance and Design, Tata McGraw-Hill (1998).

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

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

4. Hull, D. G., Fundamentals of Airplane Flight Mechanics, Springer (2010).

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

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

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

8. Smetana, F. O., Flight Vehicle Performance and Aerodynamic Control, 3rd ed., AIAA (2001).