Course Title: Flight Mechanics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Flight Mechanics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Sridhar Ravi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6664

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 251, Level 2, Room 026

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2422 Fluid Mechanics of Mechanical Systems

Course Description

This course follows on from the study of fluid mechanics in first year, and introduces concepts and application of aircraft and helicopter flight mechanics. The governing equations for aircraft flight stability and control are presented, and used to analyse the flight performance of aircraft in different situations. Analysis of a range of fundamental aerodynamic problems relevant to aircraft is covered using analytical and numerical techniques.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

• Comprehensive, theoretical based understanding of the underlying natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources



Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to

1. Relate concepts of aerodynamics and associated fluid mechanics to aircraft design and operation 2. Apply basic aerodynamic principles to analyse the aerodynamic characteristics of idealised representations of aircraft components and systems 3. Derive and apply the aircraft flight mechanics equations to analyse the flight performance of aircraft in different situations 4. Identify limitations of the aerodynamics and flight mechanics principles and equations as applied to aircraft  5. Derive and analyze the governing principles of helicopter flight


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, assignments, tutorials and a final exam. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include lecture material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, and references.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment item:  Assignment 1 (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  15%
Related Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 2, 3
Description:  Airfoils & Wings and Aircraft Performance.

Assessment item:  Assignment 2 (group)
Weighting of final grade:  15%
Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3 & 4 
Description:  Longitudinal and Lateral Stability & Control

Mid-Semester Quiz (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  10%
Related Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Description:  Aerodynamics, aircraft performance and longitudinal stability

Glider Design Build and Fly (Group)
Weighting of final grade:  5%
Related Course Learning Outcomes: 4
Description: Students form groups to design, build and test a glider for maximum range. This will be an in-lecture demonstration performed by the student groups.

Aircraft Stability Lab (Week – 9 - 10)
Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3 & 4
Weighting of final grade:  10%

Assessment item:  Final Exam (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  45%
Related Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description:  Two-hour duration closed-book examination.