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Course Co-ordinated by IIT Kanpur
Dr. A.K. Ghosh
IIT Kanpur


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This course is designed to provide an integrated introductory treatment of airplane performance with flavor of aircraft design and flight testing.




General Introduction: Airplane Performance Characteristics, George Cayley: Concept of Lift and Drag, Introduction to airplane and its components, Hansa 3 Aircraft and its Primary Systems, Concept of Lift: Aerofoil, Wing, and Complete Aircraft, Drag Polar


Revision, Standard Atmosphere: Description and Modelling, Measuring Instruments: Altimeter, Airspeed Indicator, Equations of Motion: Static Performance, Thrust Required, Power Required: Cruise, Excess Thrust and Power: Climb Angle and Rate of Climb


Review, Thrust Required: A Closer Look, Modelling of CL: Dimensional Analysis, A Closer Look: Point Mass Model, Dimensional Analysis, Estimation of Drag Polar Through Flight Test, Estimation of Rate of Climb


Revision, Range and Endurance, Range and Endurance(Continued), Gliding Flight, Accelerated Flight, V-n Diagram


Revision, V stall: Cruise and Manoeuvre, Flaps: High Lift Devices to Reduce Take off / Landing Distance, Take off: Warm-up Lecture, Take off Performance, Take off Performance (Continued)


Revision, Landing Performance, Landing Performance (Continued), Challenges in Take-off and Landing: Single and Twin Engines, Introduction to Static Stability, Positioning of Centre of Pressure for Static Stability


Revision, Stability and Control: Designer's Perspective, Stability and Control: Designer's Perspective (Continued), Longitudinal Control: Elevator, Stability: Wing and Tail Contribution, Stability: Wing and Tail Contribution (Continued)


Control: Elevator, Control: del_E Required, Control: del_E Required (continued), Design Basics: Wing Loading & Thrust Loading,
Design Basics: Sweep & Dihedral, Revision


•    Introduction to Flight – Anderson
•    Aircraft performance and design - Anderson



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