An eclectic approach to undergraduate flight dynamics, stability, and control education
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1996, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. The subject of airplane flight dynamics, stability, and control is generally recognized to be interdisciplinary in nature. A deficiency exists in undergraduate flight dynamics, stability, and control education because this course is traditionally taught with a relatively narrow, analytical focus. Additionally, no one textbook thoroughly addresses this deficiency. This paper proposes an eclectic approach to teaching this subject where the inter-relationships of flight dynamics, stability, and control with other disciplines are emphasized. By utilizing the best material from several different sources, the topics arc unified to present a total picture of the discipline. This approach not only enhances the student learning experience and makes the course more interesting, it also helps with the retention of material. Suggestions on which aspects and topics to include are presented, along with specific examples of how to implement these ideas in the classroom.