Theory of Flight

PRINCIPLES OF FLIGHT

    Bernoulli's Theorem
  Newton's Laws

FORCES ACTING ON AN AEROPLANE

•   Lift
•   Drag - induced and parasite
•   Relationship of lift and drag to angle of attack
  Thrust
  Weight
  Equilibrium
  Centre of pressure
  Centrifugal and centripetal
•   Forces acting on an aircraft during manoeuvres
•   10  Relationship of load factor to stalling speed
•   11  Structural limitations
  12  Gust loads

AEROFOILS

  Pressure distribution about an aerofoil
•   Relative airflow and angle of attack
  Downwash
  Wing tip vortices
  Angle of incidence

PROPELLERS

    Propeller efficiency at various speeds
  Fixed and variable pitch
  Torque, slipstream, gyroscopic effect and asymmetric thrust

DESIGN OF THE WING

  Wing planform
  Area, span, chord
  Aspect ratio
  Streamlining
  Camber
  Laminar flow
  Dihedral, anhedral
  Wash in, wash out
  Slots, slats
  10  Wing fences, stall strips
  11  Spoilers
•   12  Flaps
  13  Canards

STABILITY

•   Longitudinal, lateral and directional stability
  Inherent stability
  Methods of achieving stability

FLIGHT CONTROLS

    Aeroplane axes and planes of movement
  Functions of controls
  Relationship between effects of yaw and roll
  Adverse yaw, aileron drag
  Static and dynamic balancing of controls
  Trim and trimming devices
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