Flight Dynamics - From Theory to Aircraft Certificate

person icon Bruno Pacheco

Flight Dynamics - From Theory to Aircraft Certificate

Modeling theory, aircraft 6DOF simulation, flight dynamics and aircraft certification

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Bruno Pacheco

architecture icon Teaching & Academics,Aerospace Engineering


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Course Description

This course starts with a theoretical overview of 3D equations of motion applied for aircraft simulations. In this initial topic, a classical mechanics overview with a review of aerodynamics will provide the theoretical base for the second section. The student will understand how to interpret the aerodynamic derivatives and a discussion on typical values for each aerodynamic derivative will be done.

In the second section, we will cover Matlab & Simulink Intro and start the modeling of a generic complete aircraft. This final model will be used for trim analysis, aircraft dynamic modes estimation, simulation and can also be used for control law design, flight control sizing and design and many more. You can also try to modify the aerodynamic and mass data to analyze your own aircraft designs.

Finally, in the last section, we will cover the process for Part 25 aircraft certification. If you don't know what Part 25 is, don't worry, together we will learn all aspects of current regulations. We will cover all the way from understanding the requirements and how to demonstrate compliance with them up to the flight test campaign and maneuvers used in real aircraft certification regarding flying qualities.

This course is filled with real examples and is a more hands-on approach for a flight mechanics engineer.



What will you learn in this course:

  • Industry like experience on how to approach flight mechanics of airplanes, from design to certification
  • Aerodynamics that affect flight mechanics
  • Create and simulate a complete aircraft on Simulink
  • Understand how to demonstrate that an aircraft is safe
  • Stability and Control theory


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • Basic Aerodynamics, Basic Engineering initial curriculum
Flight Dynamics - From Theory to Aircraft Certificate


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Intro & Theory
6 Lectures
  • play icon Instructor Presentation and Course overview 00:52 00:52
  • play icon Frames of Reference 29:01 29:01
  • play icon Derivation of Equations of Motion 29:03 29:03
  • play icon Assingment 1
  • play icon Aerodynamics Overview 57:11 57:11
  • play icon Atmospheric and Anemometry 35:31 35:31
Aircraft Modeling of 6 Degree of Freedom
14 Lectures
Aircraft Analyses
6 Lectures
Aircraft Flying Qualities Certification Requirements
2 Lectures

Instructor Details

Bruno Pacheco

Bruno Pacheco

Hi, I'm Bruno. I live in Brazil and first of all, I am an aviation enthusiast. I am also a Mechanical Engineer with a master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

I have a private pilot's license and I am also a flight simulator geek.

Currently, I work in a world-leading aircraft manufacturer as a flight sciences engineer with executive, commercial and defense jets.

My goal is to unite my experience and love for teaching and provide a theoretical and practical view of aircraft design all the way from conception to certification.

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