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Survey of contemporary aircraft flight dynamics models for use in airspace simulation
Author(s): Seamus M. McGovern; Seth B. Cohen
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Paper Abstract

As part of the development of any computer simulation of procedures, equipment, or airspace, an appropriate model of aircraft must be selected. Due to the complexity and aviation safety-critical nature of these development efforts, a detailed survey of the current state-of-the-art in aircraft flight dynamic models is desired. Options include basic 3-D performance envelopes of various aircraft (e.g., acceleration, deceleration, turn rate, and climb rate), high-fidelity models (e.g., proprietary aircraft manufacturer models), commercial-off-the-shelf models (e.g., Laminar Research's X-Plane and Microsoft's Flight Simulator), Government models (e.g., NASA or FAA), and originally developed six degree-of-freedom mathematical models. Here, the simple kinematics model (using basic kinematic relationships without considering the impact of aerodynamics), the small perturbation theory model (which uses only the known, non-dimensional aerodynamic properties of the aircraft), the total forces and moments method (which solves the complete set of nonlinear differential equations and requiring large tables describing aircraft parameters in different flight regimes), and blade element theory (which makes use of the aircraft's physical structure to calculate the aerodynamic forces and moments on thin strips of the aircraft) are reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6564, Modeling and Simulation for Military Operations II, 65640V (10 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719696
Show Author Affiliations
Seamus M. McGovern, U.S. DOT National Transportation Systems Ctr. (United States)
Seth B. Cohen, U.S. DOT National Transportation Systems Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6564:
Modeling and Simulation for Military Operations II
Kevin Schum; Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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