Chapter 10 - Flying and Handling Qualities
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Publisher SummaryThis chapter explores the flying and handling qualities of an aeroplane. These qualities are those properties that govern the ease and precision with which the aeroplane responds to pilot commands in the execution of the flight task. Although these rather intangible properties are described qualitatively and are formulated in terms of pilot opinion, it becomes necessary to find alternative quantitative descriptions for more formal analytical purposes. The flying and handling qualities of an aeroplane are, in part, intimately dependent on its stability and control characteristics. This includes the effects of a flight control system when one is installed. The stability and control parameters of an aeroplane are commonly used as indicators and measures of the flying and handling qualities. So, the object of the chapter is to introduce, at an introductory level, the way in which stability and control parameters are used to quantify the flying and handling qualities of an aeroplane. Various examples have been explained throughout the text for better illustration of the subject. The chapter classifies the aeroplane and defines its flight phase. It emphasizes on the importance of the design of an aeroplane and thus a designer designs to achieve the highest level of flying qualities whereas, an evaluator confirms that this gets accomplished.

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