The accurate prediction and assessment of Flying Qualities drawson the modelling and simulation discipline on the one hand andtesting methodologies on the other. Checking predictions in flightrequires clearly defined ‘mission-task-elements’,derived from missions with realistic performance requirements. Highfidelity simulations also form the basis for the design ofstability and control augmentation systems, essential forconferring Level 1 Flying Qualities. The integrated description offlight dynamic modelling, simulation and flying qualities forms thesubject of this book, which will be of interest to engineers inresearch laboratories and manufacturing industry, test pilots andflight test engineers, and as a reference for graduate andpostgraduate students in aerospace engineering.
Gareth Padfield, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, isthe Bibby Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University ofLiverpool. He is an aeronautical engineer by training and has spenthis career to date researching the theory and practice of flightfor both fixed-wing aeroplanes and rotorcraft. During his yearswith the UK’s Royal Aircraft Establishment and DefenceEvaluation and Research Agency, he conducted research intorotorcraft dynamics, handling qualities and flight control. Hiswork has involved a mix of flight testing, creating and testingsimulation models and developing analytic approximations todescribe flight behaviour and handling qualities. Much of hisresearch has been conducted in the context of internationalcollaboration – with the Technical Co-operation Programme,AGARD and GARTEUR as well as more informal collaborations withindustry, universities and research centres worldwide. He is veryaware that many accomplishments, including this book, could nothave been achieved without the global networking that aerospaceresearch affords. During the last 8 years as an academic, theauthor has continued to develop his knowledge and understanding inflight dynamics, not only through research, but also throughteaching the subject at undergraduate level; an experience thataffords a new and deeper kind of learning that, hopefully, readersof this book will benefit from.