Identification of Gyroplane Lateral/Directional Stability and Control Characteristics From Flight Test. Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Report No. 9710

Houston, S.S. (1997) Identification of Gyroplane Lateral/Directional Stability and Control Characteristics From Flight Test. Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Report No. 9710. Technical Report. Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This Paper presents an analysis of test data recorded during flight trials of a gyroplane. This class of rotary-wing aircraft has found limited application in areas other than sport or recreational flying. However, the accident rate is such that a study of the configuration's stability and control characteristics is timely, and in addition substantive data is required for a new airworthiness and design standard that is under development. The Paper complements previous work on the longitudinal degrees of freedom and as a consequence, serves to complete the definitive analysis of gyroplane stability and control. The identified derivatives are related to specific aspects of the layout of the gyroplane, and hence the influence of design on the static and dynamic behaviour is quantified, it is concluded that robust estimates of the lateral and directional stability and control derivatives have been identified, indicating benign and "conventional" characteristics.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Houston, Dr Stewart
Authors: Houston, S.S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Publisher:Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1997 Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Department

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