A modern approach to graduate flight dynamics, stability, and control courses Conference Paper uri icon


  • The Aerospace Industry is about to lose a large body of experienced engineers to retirement in the next one to five years. With an experienced but relatively small group of engineers in the 10-15 years experience range, corporations will soon find themselves increasingly forced to rely upon a very young engineering work force. It is critical that these young and talented engineers be able to analyze complex, highly integrated modern air vehicle systems. To adequately respond to this need, universities must not exclusively teach the traditional engineering fundamentals. Rather, they must focus on producing graduates who have been exposed to modern flight vehicle characteristic, and are well trained in modern analysis techniques. This paper proposes in detail a course intended to be responsive to the current and future needs of the Aero Industry. By fusing the combined experience and knowledge of an academician and a practicing engineer, a modern graduate level course in flight dynamics, stability, and control is outlined, featuring a balance of theory, computation, and experiment. Desired student outcomes, pedagogy, and specific topics and focus areas are proposed and discussed. 2001 by John Valasek and Kenneth M. Dorsett. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

name of conference

  • AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit

published proceedings

  • AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit

author list (cited authors)

  • Valasek, J., & Dorsett, K.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Valasek, John||Dorsett, Kenneth

publication date

  • August 2001