Course Title: Aircraft Control

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6011 Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Title: Aircraft Control

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term2 2010,
Term2 2011

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide training in aerodynamics and stability analysis, problem solving, and high-speed flight.
It provides a study in aircraft and control concepts and integrated control systems. Areas covered include automatic flight controls, multi axis stability and design and operation of power assisted controls.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO5389 Aerodynamics 1

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBH738 Aircraft Control

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the aerodynamic derivatives employed in the aircraft equations of motion.
2. Explain aircraft longitudinal stability and the aerodynamic force and control factors that influence it.
3. Explain aircraft lateral dynamic stability.
4. Explain design considerations and operation of power assisted control systems.
5. Define Control System characteristics.
6. Use methods of analysis for control systems.
7. Explain the use of automatic flight controls on aircraft.
8. Explain aeroelastic effects on aircraft structures.

Overview of Assessment

To sucessfully complete this course the student is required to pass written assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and ability by completing practical tasks to aerospace standards.