GATE 2014 Aerospace Engineering Syllabus – Flight Mechanics

Flight Mechanics

Atmosphere

  • Properties,
  • Standard atmosphere,
  • Classification of aircraft,
  • Airplane configurations and various parts

Airplane Performance

  • Pressure Altitude;
  • Equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds;
  • Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turn-bank indicator,
  • Drag polar;
  • Takeoff and landing;
  • Steady climb & descent;
  • Absolute and service ceiling;
  • Cruise, climb, endurance or loiter;
  • Load factor,
  • Turning flight,
  • V-n diagram;
  • Winds: head, tail & cross winds.

Static Stability

  • Angle of attack,
  • Sideslip;
  • Roll, pitch &yaw control;
  • Longitudinal stick fixed & free stability,
  • Horizontal tail position and size;
  • Directional stability,
  • Vertical tail position and size;
  • Dihedral stability.
  • Wing dihedral, sweep position; hinge movements, stick forces.

Dynamic Stability

  • Euler angles;
  • Equations of motion;
  • Aerodynamic forces and moments,
  • Stability & control derivatives;
  • Decoupling of longitudinal and lateral directional dynamics;
  • Longitudinal and lateral directional modes.

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