08 Aircraft Stability and Control
Includes flight dynamics, aircraft handling qualities, piloting, flight controls, and autopilots. For related information see also 05 Aircraft Design, Testing and Performance; and 06 Avionics and Aircraft Instrumentation.
Aircraft Stability – The property of an aircraft to maintain its attitude or to resist displacement, and if displaced, to develop forces and moments tending to restore the original condition. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Aircraft Control – To direct the movements of an aircraft with particular reference to changes in attitude and speed. Adapted from the Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use. Wm. H. Allen, ed., 1965. NASA SP-7.
Exhaustive Interest : Research, development, testing, evaluation, or performance topics related to the stability and control of any complete aircraft, or the interaction between the vehicle's components and the control of the aircraft in flight.
Selective Interest : Piloting as it affects the stability, control, and maneuverability of an aircraft.
Input Subjects of Specific Interest
air launched weapons (stability)
attitude control (aircraft)
automatic pilots (aircraft)
body-tail combinations (stability and control)
control effectiveness (aircraft)
control surface interactions (aircraft)
dynamic stability (aircraft)
flight control (aircraft)
flight dynamics (aircraft)
flight management systems
flight path control (aircraft)
fly-by-light control (FBL)
fly-by-wire control (FBW)
flying qualities (aircraft)
handling qualities (aircraft)
lateral control (aircraft)
lateral stability (aircraft)
longitudinal control (aircraft)
longitudinal stability (aircraft)
operational effects of atmospheric variables
pitch control (aircraft)
pitch stability (aircraft)
roll control (aircraft)
roll stability (aircraft)
stability augmentation (aircraft)
stability derivatives (aircraft)
stabilization surfaces (aircraft)
static stability (aircraft)
voice command for aircraft
wind tunnel tests (stability and control)
wing-body combinations (stability and control)
wing-nacelle combinations (stability and control)
yaw control (aircraft)
yaw stability (aircraft)