Flight Dynamics 4 ENG4067

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will impart an in-depth knowledge of aspects of flight dynamics.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





100% Examination

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ impart an in-depth knowledge of aspects of flight dynamics; 

■ enable students to analyse the dynamic characteristics of aircraft. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ formulate a simple nonlinear simulation of a fixed wing aircraft from basic aircraft properties;

■ linearise the non-linear equations of motion, and express them in state space form;

■ interpret the physical and mathematical significance of aerodynamic derivatives;

■ comprehend the natural modes of motion of a fixed wing aircraft;

■ analyse the dynamic stability of aircraft based on a state space representation of its equations of motion;

■ derive transfer functions from the state space representation and hence calculate the response of fixed wing aircraft to control inputs.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at all laboratories

Attendance at all tutorials

Timely submission of all assignments

Attendance at all tests and examinations, gaining a nonzero mark