The second edition of Flight Stability and Automatic Control presents an organized introduction to the useful and relevant topics necessary for a flight stability and controls course. Not only is this text presented at the appropriate mathematical level, it also features standard terminology and nomenclature, along with expanded coverage of classical control theory, autopilot designs, and modern control theory. Through the use of extensive examples, problems, and historical notes, author Robert Nelson develops a concise and vital text for aircraft flight stability and control or flight dynamics courses.
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Many more worked examples and end-of-chapter problems, some of which require computer solutions, are integrated throughout the text.
An expanded section on automatic control theory and its application to flight control system design is now included.
Chapters covering the topics of static stability, flight control, aircraft dynamics, and flying qualities have been improved.
Problems that require the use of a computer are now clearly identified.
Material is introduced by way of simple exercises so students can see how the design process is applied without a lot of mathematical complexity.
Interesting historical notes are presented throughout the text.
The text provides an integrated treatment of aircraft stability, flight control, and autopilot design.
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