Checking date: 11/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Mechanics of Flight I
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)

Coordinating teacher: SANCHEZ ARRIAGA, GONZALO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Mechanics applied to Aerospace Engineering Aerodynamics I Aerospace Propulsion I
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Flight Mechanics I introduces students to aircraft performance. It includes the general equation of motion of aircraft and the analysis of the flight in cruise conditions, climbing and descent maneuvers in the vertical plane, coordinated turn, takeoff and landing. The course also discusses some basic concepts on stability and control. It makes emphasis on the mathematical models and analysis techniques of this engineering branch, simulation of the aircraft motion, and evaluation of flying qualities, with brief discussion on regulations, guidance, navigation, and control.
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to Mechanics of Flight 1.1. Subject of Mechanics of Flight 1.2. Elements of the Aircraft 1.3. Aircraft Reference Geometry 1.4. Reference Frames 1.4.1. Basic Reference Frames 1.4.2. Transformations 1.5. Summary of vocabulary 2. Equations of Motion 2.1. Kinematics 2.2. Dynamics 2.3. External forces 2.3.1. Aerodynamic Terms 2.3.2. Propulsive Terms 2.4. Examples 3. Performances 3.1. Level Flight and Gliding Flight 3.2. Flight in Vertical Plane 3.3. Turning Flight 3.4. Takeoff and Landing 3.5. Energy Methods 3.6. High Speed Flight and Aircraft in Ground Effect
Learning activities and methodology
Theoretical sessions. Exercise sessions working individually and in groups. Laboratory sessions with simulation software.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Bernard Etkin and Lloyd D. Reid. . Dynamics of Flight. . Wiley.. 1996
  • M. A. Gomez Tierno, M. Pérez Cortés y C. Puentes. . . Mecánica de Vuelo.. Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad "Ignacio Da Riva". 2009
  • Mario Asselin. An Introduction to Aircraft Performance.. AIAA Educational Series. 1997
Additional Bibliography
  • Alfred Cotterill Kermode. Mechanics of Flight. Longman. 1996
  • Bandu N. Pamadi. Performance, Stability, Dynamics and Control of Airplanes. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.. 2004
  • Bernard Etkin. Dynamics of Atmosopheric Flight. Dover Publications. 2005
  • Francis J. Hale . Introduction to Aircraft Performance, Selection and Design. Wiley. 1984
  • Holt Ashley. Engineering Analysis of Flight Vehicles. Courier Dover Publications. 1992
  • M. V. Cook. Flight Dynamics Principles.. Elsevier. . 2007
  • Robert C. Nelson. Flight Stability and Automatic Control. WCB/McGraw Hill. 1998
  • Shiva Kumar Ojha. Flight Performance of Aircraft. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 1995

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.