Course Title: Flight Dynamics and Control

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Flight Dynamics and Control

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Bourmistrova

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8081

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will learn to analyse aircraft dynamics and aircraft flight control systems. You will review the influence of forces and moments acting on the aircraft in terms of its static and dynamic stability, as well as how to model and analyse its dynamic motion and handling qualities. Additionally, you will study different theories on control of dynamic systems and learn to design stability augmentation systems and trajectory control and optimisation solutions.   

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Master of Engineering:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems 

3. Analysis

  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice

  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects

5. Research

  • Plan and execute a substantial research-based project, with creativity and initiative in new situations in professional practice and with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  • Demonstrate professional use of information

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the influence of forces and moments on the static and dynamic stability of aircraft (including longitudinal and lateral motions)
  2. Analyse the static and dynamic stability characteristics of aircraft resorting to adequate mathematical formulation
  3. Design computational flight simulation systems based on the established dynamic models
  4. Use advanced control concepts to design stabilisation systems and autopilots based on handling quality requirements
  5. Design flight controllers to guide aerospace vehicles

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, quizzes/exams and group project

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas. This includes lecture material, tutorials and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Quizzes (15% MCQ, 10% short answer).
Weighting: 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5.

Assessment Task 2: Assignment 1.
Weighting: 20%
Description: Analysis and evaluation of transient response of 1DoF system using 3 methods of solution of differential equations. 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4.

Assessment Task 3: Assignment 2 (Group).
Weighting: 15%
Description: Analysis and evaluation of longitudinal response of aircraft model to elevator inputs, both theoretically and experimentally. 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5.

Assessment Task 4: Final Assignment.
Weighting: 40%
Description: Problem solving assignment on Transient response, Laplace, State Space form, Longitudinal and Lateral Flight Dynamics, Classical and Modern control theory. 
This assessment supports CLOs 1-5.