Use of a full-motion flight simulator for teaching aircraft performance and dynamics

John F. Dannenhoffer, Melissa A. Green

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In the teaching of aircraft performance and dynamics, one often resorts to the use of empirical data that is \obtained from flight test data". The method by which this data is obtained is often not described well (if at all) to the students. In addition, many students of aerospace engineering have never been in the cockpit of an aircraft and are unaware of the fundamental operation of an aircraft. To fill this gap, some universities have at their disposal a real aircraft in which students can y to get first-hand experience at flying. For these students, this is a unique opportunity, but there is some inherent risk involved. Syracuse University is in possession of a 6-DOF full-motion-base flight simulator. For the past six years, this flight simulator has been integrated into the Aircraft Performance and Dynamics course, which is typically taken in the fall semester of the student's senior year. The way in which this flight simulator is used in the Aircraft Performance and Dynamics course is described, together with a review of the impact of the flight simulator on several of the ABET-related Student Outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781624104473
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting - Grapevine, United States
Duration: Jan 9 2017Jan 13 2017

Publication series

NameAIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Other55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 by John F. Dannenhoffer, III. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.


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